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A look back at Super Typhoon Haiyan

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The Typhoon is now considered to be one of the three most powerful tropical systems measured on the planet. The name Haiyan will be retired from the rotating list of storms because of its deadly and destructive path.

Haiyan ripped through the central Philippines islands on November 8th leaving behind an initial death toll of 2500 which is expected to climb over 10,000 with nearly 700,000 people displaced from destroyed and damaged homes. In some cases entire towns were washed away.

Officials say there was more than 48 hours warning ahead of the impending storm. Over 800,000 people were evacuated to storm shelters. Haiyan's winds were clocked at 190 mph with higher gusts. The storm surge of 20 feet is blamed for much of the devastation. Officials say the only good news was the fast speed with which Haiyan moved through the area. If it had lingered longer there would be a much higher death toll. Analysts believe the cost of Haiyan will top $14 billion.

Despite its destructive force Haiyan was not as big a natural disaster as the December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami caused by a 9.1 magnitude earthquake near Sumatra. In that disaster 230,000 people were killed and 1.7 million others lost their homes. The wave associated with the tsunami was measured at 100 and the estimated cost was over $10 billion dollars.

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