November 6, 2013
A ferocious typhoon in the western Pacific Ocean is taking aim at the fragile islands of the Philippines.
Super Typhoon Haiyan has top sustained winds of 175 mph, which is equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. It is heading northwest toward the Philippines, with landfall likely early Friday local time (Thursday night in the USA).
A typhoon becomes a super typhoon when its winds reach 150 mph, the Weather Channel reported.
Haiyan is probably the most powerful storm on the Earth this year, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue of WeatherBell.