Super Typhoon Blasts Into Philippines

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A photo showing the strength of Typhoon Haiyan.
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One of the strongest storms every recorded on the planet, Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda), smashed into the Philippines early Friday morning, bringing winds of 195 mph and gusts of 235 mph—some of the highest speeds ever recorded in human history.

An estimated 25 million people are in the path of the Super Typhoon as the storm crosses the Philippines, which is made up of more than 7,100 islands.

"Haiyan will be accompanied by torrential rainfall, damaging winds and life-threatening storm surge, particularly in low-lying areas of onshore flow. The heavy rainfall will likely cause flooding and raise the risk of mudslides," according to The Weather Channel. "Some 10 million people who live on the central Philippine islands are most at risk of a direct strike from Haiyan."

Joining The Takeaway to discuss the storm is Aaron Aspi, Emergency Communications Officer for World Vision, a relief and development organization that works in countries around the world, including the Philippines. Aspi is on the ground in the Filipino city of Bohl.

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