It’s been years since I’ve seen the movie Twister, but one of Helen Hunt’s final lines haunts me to this day: “You haven’t seen it miss this house, and miss that house, and come after you.” She’s talking about the massive (fictional) tornado that killed her character’s father, but I can’t help but think that many of those affected by the typhoon that recently struck the Philippines must feel the same way. An interactive map just released by the Red Cross shows how unpredictable and destructive storms have become. The map used data from the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) to visualize overall building damage patterns in Tacloban, one of the hardest hit cities. Viewed in MapBox, the destruction is overwhelming and random, with clusters of untouched buildings surrounded by flattened ones.
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