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NOVA | Killer Typhoon

What made Haiyan so destructive, and how can we prepare for the next monster storm?

Watch Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9pm on WMHT TV.

On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, whipping the islands with 200-mile-per-hour winds and sending a two-story-high storm surge flooding into homes, schools and hospitals, leaving thousands dead and millions homeless. What made Haiyan so destructive? Meteorologists take viewers inside the anatomy of the typhoon, tracking its progress and revealing why the Pacific is such fertile ground for cyclones. But that’s just part of the story. With crews on the ground within days of the storm, NOVA reveals how conditions deteriorated in the storm’s aftermath, as impassable roads and shuttered gas stations paralyzed the relief effort, leaving food, water and medicine to pile up at the airport. Disaster preparedness experts and relief workers scramble to understand why the Philippines was so vulnerable. As climate change and sea level rise threaten stronger, and perhaps more frequent, storms, how can we prepare for the next monster typhoon?

Can scientists unravel the mysterious phenomena that lurk between Earth and space?

NOVA scienceNOW News

Five Reasons to Eat Insects

Save room for bugs! They're the future of green cuisine.

Profile: Shaundra Daily

This software engineer and dancer found her groove teaching children about their emotional lives.

Nature follows one of the most fearless animals in the world: the honey badger.

PBS Nature News

Snow Monkeys: Field Guide: Life With Snow Monkeys

While following and filming a troop of snow monkeys, filmmaker Joe Pontecorvo was able to witness firsthand the distinct and charming personalities of these monkeys, as well as the ins and outs of ...

Snow Monkeys: Infographic: What’s on the Snow Monkey Menu

Japanese Macaques that inhabit Jigokudani or "Hell Valley" must stick to together and adapt to harsh weather to survive and thrive. When they’re not soaking in hot springs during chilly months, sno...

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