Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall with sustained winds estimated at 195mph, and gusts to 235mph possible.
In perfect conditions winds that strong could lift a Boeing-747 airliner off the ground while stationary.
That puts the sustained winds in the same category as an EF4 tornado, and the gusts as powerful as an EF5.
In tornados that powerful, cars are tossed through the air like nothing, so we broke down the forces involved in Typhoon Haiyan’s winds.
A 6-foot-tall man standing straight up would deal with more than 1,400 lbs of force pushing on him.
That’s similar to the weight of a horse pushing on you.
Put that force on the area of a ten foot by ten foot house and that number balloons to more than 17,000 lbs.
With the gusts added into it, that ten-by-ten house would experience more than 25,000 lbs of force on one wall.