This Day In Weather History is a daily podcast by Chris Mei from The Weather Network, featuring stories about people, communities and events and how weather impacted them.
Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded. It devastated portions of southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines.
On Nov. 4, 2013, a tropical storm came to life and was given the name Haiyan. But then it began a period of rapid intensification that blew it up to typhoon intensity on Nov. 5.
It caused catastrophic damage throughout much of the islands of Leyte -- cities and towns were largely destroyed. The terminal building of Tacloban Airport was destroyed by a 5.2-metre (17 feet) storm surge, equivalent to a second-storey building. As well, the winds were strong enough to carry a few boulders uphill as far as 10 metres (33 feet). This is considered the biggest weight ever moved during a tropical cyclone since record-keeping began.
Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: World Vision.
Haiyan killed at least 6,300 people in the country, one of the deadliest typhoons on record to hit the Philippines. It also left 11 million people homeless.
On today's podcast, Chris Mei talks about the devastation caused by Haiyan, how powerful it was, and how it formed.
"This Day In Weather History” is a daily podcast by The Weather Network that features unique and informative stories from host Chris Mei.