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Killer Typhoon

What made Haiyan so destructive, and how can we prepare for the next monster storm? Airing January 22, 2014 at 9 pm on PBS Aired January 22, 2014 on PBS

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It was the strongest cyclone to hit land in recorded history. On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, whipping the low-lying and densely-populated islands with 200 mph 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. What made Haiyan so destructive? Meteorologists charged with tracking Pacific storms reveal why the Pacific is such fertile ground for cyclones, and NOVA’s film crew documents how conditions dramatically deteriorated in the storm’s aftermath, as impassable roads and shuttered gas stations paralyzed the critical relief effort, leaving food, water, and medicine to pile up at the airport. Disaster preparedness experts scramble to understand why the Philippines was so vulnerable. As climate change and sea level rise threaten millions of the world’s most impoverished people with stronger, and perhaps more frequent, storms, how can we prepare for the next monster typhoon?

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Image credit: (Quiuan, Phillipines after Typhoon Haiyan)
© Bryan Denton/Corbis

Participants

Carlito Arias
Resident
Carmelita Bantilan
Resident
Georgina Bulasa
Resident
Cat Carter
Save the Children
Kerry Emanuel
MIT
Capt. Ashley Evans
Lt. Cdr. Damon Loveless
USS George Washington Strike Group
L.T. Thomas Mills
Joint Typhoon Warning Center
Hal Needham
Louisiana State University
Gilma Pardilla
Resident (Paulo's Mother)
Paulo Pardilla
Nurse
Irwin Redlener
Columbia University
David Robinson
Rutgers University
J. Marshall Shepherd
University of Georgia
Edgar Tabuyan
Resident
Susan Tan
Store Manager
Kathleen Teirney
National Hazards Center, University of Colorado
Father Hector Villamil
St. Joseph Parish, Tacloban City
Jeff Weber
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

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