NOVA: Killer Typhoon

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 9:00pm

Learn why Typhoon Haiyan and its aftermath were so highly destructive to the Philippines.

On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, whipping the islands with 200-mile-per-hour winds and sending a two-story-high storm surge flooding into homes, schools and hospitals, leaving thousands dead and millions homeless. What made Haiyan so destructive? Meteorologists take viewers inside the anatomy of the typhoon, tracking its progress and revealing why the Pacific is such fertile ground for cyclones. But that’s just part of the story. As climate change and sea level rise threaten stronger, and perhaps more frequent, storms, how can we prepare for the next monster typhoon? NOVA: Killer Typhoon airs Wednesday, January 22, 2013 at 9 p.m. on WXXI.