Weather isn't weather anymore unless there's a "super" in front of it. See: super-typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhooon in the world this year, and possibly the most powerful to ever hit land. Haiyan, which touched ground in the Philippines on Friday, prompted the evacuation of a million people, and has already resulted in 100 deaths.
Of course, big waves weren't big trouble everywhere. France survived some rough winds over the ocean this week and in Portugal, big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara saw fifty-plus feet of surf and thought, "Sure, I'll ride that."