Typhoon Haiyan, 2013 one of the most intense tropical storms in history

Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on November 2013, devastating Southeast Asia, mainly the Philippines.

Typhoons are geological in nature. First they start off as tropical thunderstorms. Then strong winds pull in moisture from the ocean which is then converted to heat. The heat causes evaporation. Finally, all the heat and air flow towards the eye creating a typhoon.

Because the catastrophic event begins near the ocean, typhoons usually affect coastal zones.

Typhoon Haiyan caused the region $225 million in damages including an estimate of 379,205 acres of rice paddy, corn, cassava, and other crops.

The water from the flood caused erosion of the land and the strong currents caused the deposition of debris and the eroded land.

The ecosystem's succession will progress slowly considering the strength of the storm.

During the gigantic waves of Typhoon Haiyan.

This is the aftermath of the flood. As you can see, fallen trees and deposited debris can be spotted throughout the area.

Small trees and and grasses begin to grow, but there is still debris everywhere.

Large trees and plants begin to grow, however, because it has only been a short period of time since the storm, the ecosystem has not fully recovered and climax community has not been reached yet.

Citizens in the Philippines were prepared for the event. Police officers were placed in the region in front of the storm. Classes were cancelled and residents in flood and landslide prone areas were required to evacuate. Then - Philippine President Aquino requested the military to deploy planes and helicopters to regions expected to be affected.

I chose to research Typhoon Haiyan because it was one of the most powerful tropical cyclones in history.

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