Jeff Masters, meteorology director at the private firm Weather Underground, said in a blog post that the damage from Haiyan’s winds must have been “perhaps the greatest wind damage any city on Earth has endured from a tropical cyclone in the past century”.
Miami was destroyed by a hurricane in 1926
On October 9, well after the hurricane, the Red Cross reported that 372 persons had died in the storm and over 6,000 persons were injured. Damages in 1926 dollars were estimated at $105 million, which would be more than $100 billion in today’s dollars.
Darwin was destroyed by a cyclone in 1974
Tracy killed 71 people, caused A$837 million in damage (1974 dollars) and destroyed more than 70 percent of Darwin’s buildings, including 80 percent of houses
Why is it that the world’s stupidest people are the ones revered by the press?
h/t to Marc Morano