In fact, it might be one of the strongest typhoons to make landfall in history. The typhoon slammed into central Philippines on Friday, killing three people thus far and forcing millions to evacuate.
The category 5 super typhoon bore down on parts of Cebu Province, a popular tourist destination, with 170 mph winds and waves almost 20 feet.
According to Reuters, 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.
Gov. Roger Mercado of Southern Leyte, a province in Eastern Visayas, said that it was too soon to gauge the level of devastation caused by the monster typhoon.
"We don't know the extent of the damage," he added. "We are trying to estimate this. We are prepared, but this is really a wallop."
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.
An average of 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year. In 2011, typhoon Washi killed 1,200 people, displaced 300,000 and destroyed more than 10,000 homes.
In comparison, 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.