Here's what the storm surge from what was probably the strongest typhoon (and hurricane, of course) at landfall EVER looked like. That would be Super Typhoon Haiyan, a couple of weeks ago, in the Philippines.
It's impressive. Especially on the other side of the world from it, where we don't have to live through it. I hope the Filipinos will be able to recover from this smash -- they are subject to a lot of different types of natural disasters.