Manila — Typhoon Haiyan is a serious threat to lives and property in the Philippines, and will likely approach super typhoon status as it gets closer to the island country, said an Accuweather report.
Its strength will equal that of a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic when it crosses the Philippines Friday through Friday night.
“Haiyan will rival Utor as the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year,” said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak in the report.
Unlike the three typhoon strength storms that crossed the Philippines earlier this year, all of which hit Luzon, Haiyan is headed toward the central Philippines, said Wanenchak.
He warned of widespread torrential rain and damaging winds, and life-threatening flash floods.
Rain totals could exceed 200 mm (8 inches), and mudslides are a threat in the higher terrain, where rainfall could reach 250-300 mm (10-12 inches).
Haiyan’s expected track will take it directly over the areas hardest hit by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake in October.
He said Haiyan will produce a severe and inundating storm surge, particularly along the eastern coast of southern Luzon and Samar islands.
Residents are urged to take necessary precautions and heed all evacuation orders of local officials, he said.