Devastating, powerful and deadly, typhoons can cause unimaginable destruction. For those of us lucky enough to be outside their path, they are also one of mother nature’s most magnificent spectacles, often best viewed from above. Here are our favourite satellite images of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the biggest typhoon ever recorded, from our news sources and around the web.

If you want to catch up on the latest Typhoon Haiyan developments you can find our latest report here.

Pic: AP.

This first image came in from Associated Press Thursday and clearly shows Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) approaching the Philippines from the east. Experts were already warning this could be one of the biggest storms we’ve seen in a long time.

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Pic: NASA Space Observatory.

A black and white shot of the typhoon from the Nasa Earth Observatory, also taken Thursday.

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Pic: AP.

The above image came in from the Associated Press early on Friday. It shows Typhoon Haiyan making landfall on the east coast of the Philippines. The sheer size of the storm means it will affect much of the country and one expert warned: “There will be catastrophic damage.”

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This image tweeted by storm watcher Scott McClellan of the sun hitting the typhoon at dawn Friday is probably the most striking of the lot, simply because it looks so serene

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Pic: Japan Meteorological Agency.

The above widely tweeted image from the Japananese Meteorological Agency gives an idea of the sheer size of the typhoon. Thanks to @francis_wade for bringing our attention to this one.

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Another view using the Living Earth App above.

You can view the Typhoon Haiyan Google Crisis Map here.