Super typhoon Haiyan to make landfall in the Philippines as a Category-5 hurricane
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 9:17 AM -
Super Typhoon Haiyan is expected to make landfall in the Philippines Friday with winds equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane.
The storm is currently swirling in the Pacific with sustained winds near 280 km/h.
Haiyan will bring torrential rain and damaging winds through central portions of the Philippines, raising the threat of dangerous mudslides at higher elevations.
The storm is expected to bring up to 200 mm of rain to the country, with locally higher amounts possible.
"Haiyan is expected to weaken over the Philippines and make landfall in China as the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane this weekend," says Monica Vaswani, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
"Based on satellite imagery, some meteorologists are calling this the worst storm to form so far this year."
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