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Terrifying Footage of Typhoon Haiyan Storm Surge Caught on Video: WATCH

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Staff members for the international children's aid organization Plan rode out Typhoon Haiyan on the 2nd floor of a house less than a few hundred meters from the sea in the Philippine province of Eastern Samar.

Wrote Plan Philippines Community Development worker Nickson Gensis:

"Six of us took refuge on the top floor of a boarding house. Five were praying and I was filming. The others called me to pray with them but I said that I needed to document this. Three of our group were male and we all wore trunks so that we could swim if we needed to. We were so scared. But I thought, 'if I die, so be it'. It was like a huge tsunami but the water receded quickly afterwards. We ventured downstairs and outside around noon. I took shots of the boarding house we had been in because I was so thankful thank it protected me. At 2pm I started work, travelling to assess the damage to villages supported by Plan. I realised as I was taking notes while talking to people that I was shaking."

Nickson filmed jaw-dropping footage of the storm surge in action, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Bordering on the incomprehensible!

    Posted by: *****overTX | Nov 17, 2013 4:52:37 PM

  2. Well, at least he did something useful with his time, instead of praying.

    Posted by: Juck Feebus | Nov 17, 2013 5:16:28 PM

  3. Woah. I thought the tornadoes around us today were bad. That footage is astounding.

    Posted by: johnny | Nov 17, 2013 5:48:51 PM

  4. I guess people in the other buildings didn't pray hard enough, or something.

    Posted by: PDX_Guy | Nov 17, 2013 6:16:03 PM

  5. pdxguy you are too much........... ;)

    Posted by: steve | Nov 17, 2013 6:45:45 PM

  6. Been there, done that during Katrina. Don't recommend it.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Nov 17, 2013 8:58:18 PM

  7. As terrifying as the videos of the tsunamis after the Great Quake of 2004. Nature still has the upper hand.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 17, 2013 11:52:43 PM

  8. truly awesome...mesmerizing but terrifying.

    Posted by: KEVolution! | Nov 18, 2013 12:23:16 AM

  9. @Juck Feebus: Totally agree!

    Posted by: Michael W. | Nov 18, 2013 9:18:09 AM

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