Super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) has already made landfall in Guiuan, Eastern Samar this morning, Inquirer.net reports.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the supertyphoon packs "maximum sustained winds of 235 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 275 kph" with an "estimated rainfall amount at 10.0-30.0 mm per hour (heavy-intense)."

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Metro Manila has been placed under signal number two, while the following areas have been placed under storm signal number four, the highest in PAGASA's storm levels:

  1. Masbate
  2. Ticao Island
  3. Southern Sorsogon
  4. Romblon
  5. Northern Samar
  6. Eastern Samar
  7. Samar
  8. Leyte
  9. Southern Leyte
  10. Biliran
  11. Northern Cebu
  12. Cebu City
  13. Bantayan
  14. Camotes Islands
  15. Northern Negros Occidental
  16. Capiz
  17. Aklan
  18. Antique
  19. Iloilo
  20. Guimaras
  21. Dinagat Province
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The Huffington Post reports that super typhoon Yolanda "could be one of the strongest storms in world history."

(Photo by Roberto Verzo via Flickr Creative Commons)

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