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Huge typhoon slams into Philippines

Huge typhoon slams into Philippines

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (AP) -- The strongest typhoon this year slammed into the central Philippines today, setting off landslides and knocking out power and communication lines in several provinces. At least four people died.

Huge, fast-paced typhoon Haiyan raced across a string of islands and lashed beach communities with over 125 mile per hour winds. Nearly 720,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes.

Due to cut-off communications, it was impossible to know the full extent of casualties and damage. At least two people were electrocuted in storm-related accidents, one person was killed by a fallen tree and another was struck by lightning, official reports said.

Weather officials said Haiyan had sustained winds of 147 mph with gusts of 170 mph when it made landfall. This makes it the strongest typhoon this year, said Aldczar Aurelio of the government's weather bureau.

The Philippines is hit by about 20 typhoons and storms a year.

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