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Cyclones striking the Philippines

Fueled by warm ocean temperatures in the western Pacific, super-typhoon Haiyan exploded into what is believed to be the strongest storm on record to hit land anywhere on the globe in modern records. With a storm surge of more than 10 feet and maximum sustained winds estimated at 195 mph just before landfall, it decimated Tacloban city in the central Philippines. The death toll in Tacloban alone may be near 10,000 people, threatening to make Haiyan the deadliest disaster in Philippine history.

Note: Only cyclones in the Philippine area of concern are shown.

At the confluence of poverty, geography and meteorology

The combination of steep topography, impoverished living conditions and frequent severe rainfall brought on by tropical cyclones often kills hundreds of Filipinos in mudslides whenever a major storm comes ashore.

NOTE: The videos shown above were produced starting on Friday — and some have older versions of the death toll. SOURCE: AP, Reuters, YouTube.