A fierce storm battered northern Europe with hurricane force winds Thursday, leaving five people dead or missing, disrupting travel and forcing thousands to flee their homes over fears of the worst tidal surge in decades.
Natural disasters, war and other human activities left geographic scars seen from space.
Thirteen tropical storms formed since early June in the Atlantic but only two, Ingrid and Humberto, reached hurricane strength.
The number of people confirmed killed when a super typhoon devastated the Philippines surpassed 5,200 on Friday.
Unusual November tornadoes left a trail of destruction across 12 Midwest states on Sunday, killing at least six people.
The tornado outbreak was caused by a clash of cold, dry air from the north and warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico.
Deadly storms, such as Typhoon Haiyan, represent only one way the effects of climate change may devastate livelihoods and harm human health.
Only Hurricane Andrew may have come close in strength to Typhoon Haiyan, say meteorologists.
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