Economic Strength Should Help the Philippines Recover From an Off-the-Charts Storm

Super Typhoon Haiyan moves toward the Philippines on Nov. 7 Photograph by Getty Images

Even for a country used to getting hammered by typhoons, the superstorm that hit the Philippines today was a monster. Typhoon Haiyan—or Yolanda, as it is known in the Philippines, which has its own system for naming storms—hit land early this morning with devastating strength. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration, the typhoon had gusts of up to 275 kilometers per hour (171 miles per hour) and maximum sustained winds of 235 kph (146 mph).

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