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Episode credited cast:
Carmelita Bantilan ...
Georgina Bulasa ...
Cat Carter ...
Kerry Emanuel ...
Ashley Evans
Leon Getchell
Leonore Getchell
Damon Loveless ...
L.T. John Navy ...
Himself (as L.T. Thomas Mills)
Gilma Pardilla ...
Paulo Pardilla ...
Irwin Redlener ...
David Robinson ...


From PBS - 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. What made Haiyan so destructive? In-depth interviews with the meteorologists charged with tracking and forecasting Pacific storms take us inside the anatomy of the typhoon, tracking its progress from its start as a low-pressure area over Micronesia to its deadly landfall and revealing why the Pacific is such fertile ground for cyclones. But that's just part of the story of why this storm was so deadly. Written by Anonymous

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Wave of storms to come?
8 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Excellent description of the killer storm that pummeled the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013, killing more than 6,000 and leaving millions homeless.

Typhoons -- hurricanes that whip up in the Northwest Pacific -- thrive on warm water. With temperatures on the rise worldwide, there is fear these cosmically punishing monsters could become more frequent.

Haiyan, the most powerful typhoon ever to make landfall, hit the densely populated, largely impoverished archipelago, where millions scrape out a living along the coastlines, with a fury, packing 200-mph winds and a devastating, 20-foot storm surge that no one predicted. (While Hurricane Sandy flooded parts of New York City over a period of 14 hours, Haiyan's surge hit with the suddenness of a tsunami.)

There is moving footage here of people who tried in vain to save their property -- one woman speaks of wrapping her TV in cellophane. Some clutched or laid their bodies over small kids to keep them from blowing or washing away. Still, an aid worker speaks of the many bodies of children laid out on a beach once Nature's fury had subsided.

US military personnel, veritable angels in camouflage, showed up early to help, as did other valiant foreign-aid workers, and we meet incredibly dedicated local nurses and clerics in this episode who risked their own lives to help the most vulnerable (i.e., medical personal floating the ill through hospitals on flimsy mattresses).

This show helped to place my own experience with a typhoon into perspective. Haiyan was the biggest typhoon since "Tip" hit in 1979. It dawned on me that it was side effects of Tip that I'd experienced during a magical year I spent in Taiwan upon graduating from Penn State in 1978. Tip made landfall in Japan; however, I still recall periods of no running water in Taipei -- and a visit I made to a beautician who somehow managed to wash my hair with absolutely no H2O!

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