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Typhoon Haiyan: Anatomy of a storm

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Devastation in the Philippines.

Days after super Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the country survivors are going through the wreckage searching for loved ones who may be buried in the rubble.

Others are scrambling to find food and water.

Indra Petersons has a look at what set this storm apart from others.

Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged several islands in the Philippines early Friday morning.

Fierce winds swept across shore at 195 miles per hour with gusts up to 235 miles per hour.

"During the height of the storm, the scream of the wind was deafening. We could hear just thunderous crashes of debris flying through the air," voice of James Reynolds.

What set this tropical cyclone apart is that it didn't weaken once it made landfall.

The area consumed by the storm was massive.

Violent winds laid a path across the central Philippines that covered an area the size of Montana.

Take a look at these satellite images of the storm.

For a time, storm clouds covered the entire Philippines, stretching 1,120 miles roughly the distance between Florida and Canada.

But what caused most of the damage was a mammoth storm surge. A wall of water rushed into low-lying areas reaching the second story of houses in Tacloban at estimated heights of 16 feet leaving people frantically searching for higher ground.

Many predict Haiyan is likely the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall anywhere in the world in recorded history.

It was three-point-five times more forceful than Hurricane Katrina.

Super storm Sandy's Tropical Storm force winds stretched a further distance but were only half as powerful.

In fact, the winds from this typhoon were stronger than those from Hurricane Katrina and Sandy.

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