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Super Typhoon Haiyan Anniversary: 12 Incredible Photos of The Storm That Hit The Philippines

With over 25 million people in its path, Super Typhoon Haiyan — one of the powerful storms recorded in the history of mankind — smashed into the Philippines on a Friday morning.

As the storm plowed across the cluster of islands in the heart of the country, casualties were reported, more than 100,000 people took shelter in evacuation centers and hundreds of flights were canceled.

The storm brought tremendously powerful winds roaring ashore as it made landfall in the province of Eastern Visayas, disrupting communications with a major city in its path.

With sustained winds of 315 kph (195 mph) and gusts as strong as 380 kph (235 mph), Haiyan was probably the strongest tropical cyclone to hit land anywhere in the world in recorded history. It will take further analysis after the storm passes to establish whether it is a record.

Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda, appeared to retain much of its terrifying force as it moved west over the country, with sustained winds of 295 kph, gusts as strong as 360 kph. Haiyan’s wind strength makes it equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane.

Video footage from on the ground in the Philippines showed powerful winds bending palm trees and whipping debris down deserted streets.

November 18, 2013: An aerial photo of Ormoc, where villagers created a message that reads 'We Need Food Help Us' among the devastation created by typhoon Haiyan(AFP)
November 18, 2013: An aerial photo of Ormoc, where villagers created a message that reads ‘We Need Food Help Us’ among the devastation created by typhoon Haiyan © AFP
November 15, 2013: A girl stands on the balcony of her typhoon-destroyed house in LeyteGetty
November 15, 2013: A girl stands on the balcony of her typhoon-destroyed house in Leyte © Getty
November 12, 2013: A man cries on a packed C130 aircraft as he and hundreds of other survivors of super typhoon Haiyan are evacuated from TaclobanGetty
November 12, 2013: A man cries on a packed C130 aircraft as he and hundreds of other survivors of super typhoon Haiyan are evacuated from Tacloban © Getty
Typhoon Haiyan Anniversary: Powerful Photos of the Storm that Devastated the Philippines
Typhoon Haiyan Anniversary: Powerful Photos of the Storm that Devastated the Philippines © Reuters

November 11, 2013: An aerial view of a coastal town in Samar province, devastated by super Typhoon Haiyan(Reuters)

November 11, 2013: Residents pick up pieces of wood inbetween two cargo ships that were washed ashore when super typhoon Haiyan hit Anibong town, TaclobanReuters
November 11, 2013: Residents pick up pieces of wood in-between two cargo ships that were washed ashore when super typhoon Haiyan hit Anibong town, Tacloban © Reuters
November 12, 2013: Survivors search through bags containing bodies of typhoon victims in Tacloban after it was devastated by Typhoon HaiyanReuters
November 12, 2013: Survivors search through bags containing bodies of typhoon victims in Tacloban after it was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan © Reuters
November 12, 2013: One of the statues commemorating the landing of US General Douglas MacArthur and his Allied forces lies face down in the water after being toppled by super typhoon Haiyan in Palo, Leyte provinceReuters
November 12, 2013: Monument commemorating the landing of US General Douglas MacArthur and his Allied forces lies face down in the water after being toppled by super typhoon Haiyan in Palo, Leyte province © Reuters
November 14, 2013: An aerial view of a demolished coastal town on Eastern Samar Island in LeyteGetty
November 14, 2013: An aerial view of a demolished coastal town on Eastern Samar Island in Leyte © Getty
November 18, 2013: Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan march during a religious procession in Tolosa on the eastern Philippine island of LeyteAFP
November 18, 2013: Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan march during a religious procession in Tolosa on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte © AFP
December 24, 2013: Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan decorate a giant Christmas lantern among destroyed houses in Tacloban(AFP)
December 24, 2013: Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan decorate a giant Christmas lantern among destroyed houses in Tacloban ©(AFP)
November 21, 2013: A ship lies next to damaged houses in Tacloban after it was swept ashore at the height of Typhoon Haiyan(Reuters)
November 21, 2013: A ship lies next to damaged houses in Tacloban after it was swept ashore at the height of Typhoon Haiyan © Reuters
November 15, 2013: A rainbow appears above Typhoon Haiyan survivors desperate to catch a flight from Tacloban airportReuters

Image source: © IBTimes

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Written by Barbie Perez

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