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'Most Powerful Storm Ever to Make Landfall' Hits Philippines

The most powerful storm ever to make landfall battered the Philippines with winds approaching 200 mph early Friday.
The most powerful storm ever to make landfall battered the Philippines with winds approaching 200 mph early Friday.

More than one million people fled in search of safety ahead of category-five super typhoon Haiyan, which caused mudslides, flash flooding and a storm surge with waves of up to 30 feet.

At least three people were killed and seven injured, national disaster agency spokesman Rey Balido told reporters in Manila.

But with the country’s lines of communication cut, officials feared the toll could rise dramatically.

“It is the most powerful storm ever to make landfall,” Weather Channel lead meteorologist Michael Palmer told NBC News. “It is as strong a typhoon as you can get, basically.”

Haiyan made landfall with winds near 195 mph. Typhoons and cyclones of that magnitude can blow apart storm-proof shelters due to the huge pressure they create, which can suck walls out and blow roofs off buildings.

Authorities in the Philippines earlier warned that 12 million people are at risk.

For the full story: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/08/21362576-most-powerful-storm-ever-to-make-landfall-batters-philippines-3-deaths-confirmed
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