GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The core of Super-Typhoon Haiyan is large enough to span the Upper Midwest.
The tropical cyclone in its entirety would cover much of the United States and parts of Canada and Mexico!
While it is called a typhoon, it's actually the same as what we call a hurricane. A hurricane is a tropical cyclone that forms in the Atlantic or western Pacific Oceans, while a typhoon forms in the eastern Pacific Ocean. In the south Pacific and Indian Oceans, they are called cyclones.
A super-typhoon is a term given to intense storms that are equivalent to a category 4 or 5 hurricane.
Super-Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines at its peak as a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 195 mph. In comparison, Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 126 mph.
Haiyan is one of the strongest typhoons in world history although the topic is surrounded by uncertainty. Three typhoons top Haiyan in wind strength. All struck Japan in the 1960s; however, winds are believed by some to be grossly over-estimated during that time and it is for that reason that Haiyan is believed by many to be the strongest typhoon to make landfall.
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