Pat Shingleton: "Typhoon Haiyan"
The Associated Press and weather Underground reports that Typhoon Haiyan was the worst ever recorded. It devastated parts of the Philippines last November and even though hundreds of thousands of people were relocated into evacuation centers before the storm, Haiyan leveled those buildings. Nearly 4,000 people perished, making it the second-deadliest typhoon in the nation's history. Sustained winds were clocked at 195 m.p.h. with gusts at 235 and the 190 to 195 m.p.h. gusts that hit the Philippines made history. It became the strongest land-falling tropical cyclone ever recorded, breaking the record held by 1969's Hurricane Camille. Another factor included a storm surge as high as 20 feet that caused the majority of the destruction.