Surviving a hurricane is usually a matter of finding a safe place to hunker down and having enough sense to stay put until the storm has cleared. However, a super storm on the scale of Typhoon Haiyan can make any presumed shelter into a potential death trap.
Just as tornadoes draw storm chasers from around the world to the U.S. midwest, Haiyan drew iCyclone.com founder Josh Morgerman and two colleagues to Tacloban in hopes of getting a close up look at one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Morgerman and company felt a four-story, solid concrete hotel in the heart of the city would provide adequate shelter.
Instead, they found themselves abandoning their camera gear to save themselves and fellow guests as the storm threatened to completely demolish the hotel. You can read Morgerman's harrowing account and see the stunning video from Haiyan's Ground Zero by clicking on this link to the Weather Underground.