Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

METSAT animation loop of Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan (PAGASA name Yolanda) struck the Philippines on November 7th, devastating islands in the Visayas, flattening whole towns and villages, and killing thousands. With sustained winds of 195 mph and gusts up to 235 mph, it was the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall.

My comparison of aerial typhoon damage photos from Guiuan with older satellite imagery from Google Earth :

Instagram user macmaloon posted videos from Tacloban showing just how strong the wind and rain were — before the full brunt of the storm had even struck: 1, 2, 3:

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg (who just returned to Earth yesterday) photographed the typhoon from orbit aboard the International Space Station:

Typhoon Haiyan

This composite satellite image was from two geostationary spacecraft, MTSat-2 and Meteosat-7 (Copyright 2013 JMA/EUMETSAT):

Typhoon Haiyan