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Tropical Cyclone Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the Philippines at about 0900 local time (0100 GMT) on 8th November 2013. 

At landfall, the storm had sustained wind speeds of 145mph (234 kph), with gusts of up to 170mph/275kph, making it one of the most powerful storms ever to make landfall.

Before the storm made landfall a storm surge of over 2m was predicted. This was more than confirmed by later events, with some estimates of the surge being up to 5m.

Some assessment of the storm surge and the aftermath:

General news and other information:

Satellite data are available in the eSurge database. See also images from the disasters charter and from NASA.

After leaving the Philippines, the storm continued to the coasts of China and Vietnam, where a smaller surge occurred. Data for this event are available here.


Left: OSCAT winds for Haiyan, 7/11/13 at 1540 GMT.

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