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Super Typhoon Haiyan Headed For The Philippines

Lizzie Pereira |
November 7, 2013 | 11:01 a.m. PST

Executive Producer

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Millions are expected to be affected as Super Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm on the planet, prepares to hit in the central Philippines with torrential rains and high winds. 

With rampant winds at 190 mph, it is equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane. The storm is so large in diameter, about 500 miles, that clouds are affecting roughly two-thirds of the country. 

As of late Thursday more 3,800 people had been evacuated in preparation for the storm’s expected strike. About 10 million people are at risk, with significant loss of life to be anticipated. The Philippine weather agency, Pagasa, has warned over 30 provinces.

President Benigno S. Aquino III made a speech warning the country of the “calamity our countrymen will face in these coming days.” The storm is known as Yolanda in the Philippines. 

“Let me repeat myself: This is a very real danger, and we can mitigate and lessen its effects if we use the information available to prepare,” he said.

That being said, three C-130 cargo aircrafts, as well as 32 planes and helicopters from the air force are at the ready. 

Haiyan is expected to hit on Friday morning. It will then move to Vietnam on Sunday after losing some strength. Typhoon Krosa struck the northern Philippines just last week and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the country last month. Haiyan will be the 28th named storm of the 2013 Western Pacific Typhoon Season. The Philippines is hit with an average of 20 typhoons per year. 

SEE ALSO: Nearly 300 Dead After Typhoon in Philippines 

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