Haiyan Could Prove The Most Devastating Typhoon in History
Even though it is too early to gauge the damage caused by Haiyan, it does appear immense. It spanned more than 500 miles at its peak with winds speeds of 195 miles per hour. It could end up being one of the costliest typhoons ever seen, both in terms of lives lost and devastation caused.
Mireille remains the costliest typhoon in living memory, causing $10 billion of damage when it struck Japan in 1991. Songda comes second after inflicting catastrophic damage and loss of life on Japan and the Mariana islands in August 2004.
This chart shows the costliest typhoons for the insurance industry 1980-2012 (in billion U.S. dollars).