Biggest storm in history: Millions flee and more than 100 are dead as 147mph winds smash into the Philippines forcing the evacuation of 800,000 people
‘It was the most powerful storm to ever land.
A monster typhoon, with winds reaching 147mph, killed more than 100 people, tossed houses into the sea and sent millions fleeing for shelter in the Philippines yesterday.
The poverty-stricken country has already endured almost a year of earthquakes and floods with no fewer than 24 disastrous weather events.
The category-5 super typhoon Haiyan – Chinese for ‘sea bird’ – smashed into the eastern islands of the Philippines with winds nearly 150mph stronger than the St Jude storm which struck the UK in late October. Roofs were ripped from houses, ferocious 20ft waves washed away coastal villages, power lines came down and trees were uprooted.’