Western Pacific Corner

Documenting Super Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda - The Backstory

By: Spetrm, 1:13 PM GMT on November 28, 2013



The following film is a rough cut blow-by-blow account of how myself and colleagues Josh Morgerman and Mark Thomas documented the impact of super typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines between 7th to 9th November 2013.

The storm being dubbed one of the strongest tropical systems to ever be seen on the face of the earth was packing winds over 300kph at landfall and has now resulted in over 5,500 deaths and has caused millions of people to homeless. Entire coastlines have been flattened and the recovery will take not only months but likely years for the areas hardest hit, including the city of Tacloban where this video is shot.

This documentary is a testimony to the true power of nature and the destruction and devastation Tropical Systems can leave in their wake and we thank the chasers who risked their lives to bring us this first hand account of Typhoon Haiyan

Updated: 1:15 PM GMT on November 28, 2013

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Weather geek from Machias, NY, working as a meteorologist for NHK World TV in Tokyo. Also run my own independent weather site.