Philippine forecasters are warning that a super typhoon set to slam into the country’s northeast may bring widespread damage similar to that wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, and have asked people to flee out of harm’s way.
They say Typhoon Haima, which was packing sustained winds of 225 kilometers (140 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 315 kph (195 mph), was tracked 275 kilometers (170 miles) over the Philippine Sea and was expected to slam into coast around midnight Wednesday.
The government’s weather agency raised the highest of a five-level storm warning over northern provinces. A massive evacuation was underway in the region.
In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines with ferocious power, leaving more than 7,300 people dead or missing.