The weather is notoriously unpredictable. A well-dressed weatherman smiles brightly through your television on Monday morning, promising you a sunny day, only to be caught in a hailstorm and late for work in a dented car.
The weather can also be extremely dangerous. Tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards, to name just a few, wreak havoc around the world every year, leaving death and destruction in their wake.
Below is a list of some of the most terrifying weather events on Earth that have been captured on camera or painted for posterity and served as a constant warning to seek shelter early.
In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines with wind speeds of up to 313 km/h. In some areas, the typhoon dumped up to 281mm of rainfall in under 12 hours while 7-meter waves battered the coastline. More than 7,000 people died, while around 6 million were displaced.
Typhoon Haiyan remains one of the deadliest typhoons on record and was the most powerful storm of 2013. When it made landfall in the Philippines it was a Category 5 storm making for terrifying visuals. It is considered to be the country’s worst natural disaster and it also caused damage in Palau, Vietnam and China.