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Killer Typhoon: Introduction (02:56)


This segment orients viewers to killer storms and Typhoon Haiyan with excerpts from the film.

Haiyan (01:15)

Typhoons are Pacific Ocean hurricanes occurring in warm waters around Southeast Asia. By fall 2013, 14 major storms had formed in the region.

Typhoon Status (02:47)

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center noticed Haiyan as a tropical depression on November 1. Seven days before landfall, Hawaii issued a warning- the storm became a typhoon with 75 mph winds.

Super Typhoon (01:07)

Haiyan developed winds at 150 mph—as destructive as Hurricane Katrina.

Philippines Vulnerability (01:27)

The industrializing nation is subject to natural hazards, and many live in poverty. Coastal communities prepared for the typhoon as they had for other storms.

Haiyan Strengthens (01:14)

Learn how perfect atmospheric conditions fueled the super typhoon.

Dvorak Scale: T8 (01:55)

Haiyan's atmospheric pressure approached record lows. Learn how dual outflow channels indicate typhoon strength, and how storms are classified according to wind speed.

Philippines Storm Warning (01:32)

Haiyan reached 170 knots; view satellite images of its center. Two days before landfall, coastal residents began preparing for the typhoon.

Catastrophic Storm (02:00)

Haiyan reached 300 miles in diameter. Learn how its pathway over warm water maintained intensity that peaked as it reached land.

Haiyan Landfall (02:20)

On November 8, the typhoon hit the Philippine coast. Most buildings couldn't withstand 200 mph winds; view footage of roofs blowing off and hear survivor stories.

Tacloban Damage (02:02)

A hospital employee describes sheltering patients on the ground floor as Haiyan hit. Learn how typhoons create underwater waves called storm surges.

Haiyan Storm Surge (01:24)

A Tacloban hospital employee tried to move patients to the second floor. Residents were trapped between winds and flood water.

Extreme Flooding (03:15)

Learn why Tacloban's location in a protected bay contributed to a 20 foot storm surge. Haiyan's high speed and changing wind direction contributed to the surge.

Tacloban Inundation (02:06)

Survivors describe Haiyan's storm surge flooding buildings and sweeping away homes. The Philippines wasn't prepared for the typhoon.

Haiyan Aftermath (02:30)

The typhoon killed at least 6,000 and displaced four million. Tacloban residents struggled to understand why they weren't evacuated ahead of the storm surge.

Surge Modeling (01:14)

The Philippine weather service warned of a storm surge, but not its intensity. Changing atmospheric variables make prediction difficult.

Haiyan Disaster Relief (02:29)

Humanitarian aid reached the Philippines 24 hours after the typhoon. Learn about a U.S. military strike group strategy to reach remote islands.

Haiyan Disaster Recovery (01:30)

Learn immediate relief strategies to save lives. After a military response, humanitarian NGOs take over to help rebuild society.

Climate Change and Storms (03:34)

Learn why global warming is increasing storm intensity, as seen with Haiyan. Learn how rising sea levels are putting coastal communities at greater risk during typhoons.

Florida Hurricane Threat (02:21)

Experts believe a Haiyan-strength storm would cause equal damage in developed countries. Learn why Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg are at risk of storm surges.

Haiyan Displacement Crisis (01:36)

Haiyan left more than twice the number of people homeless as the 2004 Tsunami. An aid worker describes recovering bodies.

Surviving Haiyan (01:51)

A Tacloban medical worker returned home without knowing if his family was alive. His mother describes sheltering during the storm surge.

Disaster Trauma (02:22)

Learn how Haiyan devastated Tacloban. A survivor describes burying his children after failing to protect them from the storm surge.

Rebuilding Tacloban (02:09)

Residents use salvaged materials to reconstruct their homes and medical workers set up a temporary clinic for typhoon survivors.

Philippine Resilience (02:58)

The government estimates Haiyan reconstruction will cost $8 billion. Citizens take comfort in spirituality as they rebuild their communities.

Credits: Killer Typhoon (01:20)

Credits: Killer Typhoon

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It was the strongest cyclone to hit land in recorded history. On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan—what some are calling “the perfect storm”—slammed into the Philippines, whipping the low-lying and densely-populated islands with 200 mile-per-hour winds and sending a two-story-high storm surge flooding into homes, schools, and hospitals. It wiped villages off the map and devastated cities, including the hard-hit provincial capital Tacloban. Estimates count more than 5,000 dead and millions homeless. Through interviews with meteorologists and climate scientists, this film investigates what made Haiyan so destructive and why we can expect greater intensity storms in the future.

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL58705

Copyright date: ©2014

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