Leyte, Philippines | November 2013
On the morning of November 8th Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Visayas region of the Philippines. The city of Tacloban and surrounding towns on the Island of Leyte suffered a direct hit. The storm brought with it 145 mph winds and in some places a storm surge of nearly 30 feet of water. It was the strongest storm ever recorded at landfall and affected nearly 11 million people, claiming over 5,500 victims in its deadly path.
Just days after the storm we landed in Tacloban to speak with the survivors, to tell their stories from the storm and understand their road to recovery. During our stay we heard incredible tales of will, and stories of hardship. We saw Mother Nature at her worst, but humanity at its best. This is just a small glimpse into the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
Looking back, one thing that will always stay with me is the resiliency and strength of the Filipino spirit. In the midst of one of the worst natural disasters in history we we’re greeted with smiles, treated with extraordinary compassion and endlessly thanked for the awareness we promised to bring to the world.
In the coming weeks our reporting we will be presented in a long form multimedia piece on weather.com, stay tuned.