Catastrophic Destruction in the Central Philippines from Wind, Surge in Typhoon Haiyan’s Wake: AIR Worldwide

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, in the three days since Super Typhoon Haiyan roared through the central Philippines, the scale of the devastation revealed in its wake continues to escalate. Preliminary analyses suggest that Haiyan (named Yolanda in the Philippines) may have been the strongest storm to make landfall anywhere in the world in recorded history. With sustained winds estimated at 315 km/h (196 mph) at its first landfall, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), the storm maintained impressive wind speeds as it traversed the Philippines.…

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