Watch: Storm Chaser Witnesses Typhoon Haiyan ChaosThe Florida-based storm chaser survived the onslaught in Tacloban
Professional storm chaser Jim Edds was eating breakfast in the dining hall of the Leyte Park Resort Hotel in Tacloban, Philippines, on Nov. 8 when Typhoon Haiyan's first stormy gusts began battering the island.
"All hell broke loose," the 55-year-old Pensacola, Fla., resident told the Pensacola News Journal. The storm knocked out the hotel's power and burst open the dining room doors.
"I was scared," he told the BBC. "All the furniture was getting blown around up and down the floors and it was just piled in the steps. Nobody could get around."
Edds traveled to the Philippines to document the typhoon, which was one of the most powerful storms to ever hit land, packing 147-mph winds and bringing 20-foot storm surges. As many as 10,000 people are feared dead in the storm's aftermath.
After the typhoon hit, Edds set out to shoot footage of the storm. As he headed back to his hotel, he took shelter in his hotel's swimming pool, submerged and wearing a safety helmet, to escape flying debris.
Edds is now safely in the Philippines city of Cebu, but he arrived there only after hiring a local fisherman to take him to the Tacloban airport and enduring a standing-room-only C-130 flight packed with victims and journalists, according to the Journal. "I got to the airport, and it was chaos," Edds told the Journal. "It was just people pushing and shoving to get out of there."
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