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Typhoon Haiyan hits central Philippines

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Reuters

It might be the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall... Typhoon Haiyan slammed into central Philippines Friday forcing millions to evacuate and killing at least three people so far.

The category 5 super typhoon bore down on parts of Cebu Province, a popular tourist destination, with 170 mph winds and almost 20 foot waves.

Officials say the death and injury tolls are expected to rise as information comes in from remote regions.

About a million people are in shelter areas in more than 20 provinces, after authorities asked people who live along river banks, coastal villages and mountain slopes to evacuate.

The typhoon is expected to move past the Philippines on Saturday and into the South China Sea where it could gain strength and threaten Vietnam or China.

The world's strongest recorded typhoon, cyclone or hurricane to previously make landfall was Hurricane Camille in 1969, which hit Mississippi with 190 mph winds.

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