Gallery: Thousands flee before typhoon hits Philippines
Thousands of villagers in the central Philippines, including those from a province devastated by a recent earthquake, were being evacuated Thursday as one of the most powerful typhoons globally this year approaches.
Typhoon Haiyan was already packing sustained winds of 215 kilometres (134 miles) per hour and ferocious gusts of 250 kph (155 mph), and could pick up strength over the Pacific Ocean before it slams into the eastern Philippine province of Eastern Samar on Friday, according to government forecasters.
People stand on a pier as Typhoon Haiyan smashes into coastal communities on the central island of Bacalod. (Julius Mariveles/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents clear a road after a tree was toppled by strong winds as powerful typhoon Haiyan makes lamdfall. (Chester Baldicantos / AP Photo)
Filipino workers bring down a giant billboard along a busy highway as they prepare for the possible effects of powerful Typhoon Haiyan in suburban Makati, south of Manila, Philippines Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (Photo credit: AP Photo)
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