Now being included among the strongest storms to form on planet Earth, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the central Philippines on Friday, forcing millions of people to move to safer ground and storm shelters, cutting power and phone lines, and grounding air and sea transport.
Known as Yolanda in the Philippines, the maximum category-5 super typhoon, with strong winds gusting of up to 275 kph (170 mph), caused giant waves as high as 4-5 meters (12-15 feet). Haiyan lashed the islands of Leyte and Samar, and was on track to hit holiday destinations.
Following are some photos and videos of the powerful storm wreaking havoc in different parts of the country:
Haiyan is forecast to pass just north of the Philippine's second largest city Cebu, home to around 2.5 million people.
Volunteers pack relief goods inside a Department of Social Welfare and Development warehouse before shipping out to devastated provinces hit by Typhoon Haiyan in Manila – Reuters