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Philippines Braces For Powerful Typhoon

Tens of thousands of people have headed for shelter as Typhoon Hagupit nears landfall.

Posted on December 5, 2014, at 10:38 a.m. ET

Thousands of people in the eastern Philippines have sought shelter as the powerful Typhoon Hagiput bears down on the islands.

Hagupit in a Dec. 4 satellite image.
AP Photo/NOAA

Hagupit in a Dec. 4 satellite image.

Known locally as Ruby, Hagupit has gusts of up to 143 miles an hour, and is due to hit Saturday evening.

Fishermen in a costal village on Friday.
AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

Fishermen in a costal village on Friday.

Although it has weakened slightly and been downgraded from a "super typhoon," experts warned it could bring storm surges of up to one story high, as well as heavy rain and landslides, the BBC reported.

Hagupit is on course to hit eastern and northern Samar province, as well as the city of Tacloban, where thousands died in Typhoon Haiyan last year.

People wait for relief goods on Friday outside a Catholic church after evacuating.
Stringer/Philippines / Reuters

People wait for relief goods on Friday outside a Catholic church after evacuating.

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Residents in coastal villages have fled inland. Many people in those areas are still living in temporary shelters from the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

People take shelter inside a evacuation centre on Friday.
Stringer/Philippines / Reuters

People take shelter inside a evacuation centre on Friday.

Despite the warnings, Philippine President Benigno Aquino slammed "alarmist" media reports, and said there was "no indication" Hagupit would be anywhere near the strength of Haiyan, ABS CBN News reported.

Stranded passengers sleep on chairs at ferry stations on Friday.
Stringer/Philippines / Reuters

Stranded passengers sleep on chairs at ferry stations on Friday.

President Aquino met disaster agency chiefs on Friday, and ordered food supplies to be sent to affected areas. He has also deployed the military and police to prevent looting in the aftermath, BBC News reported.

A stranded ferry passenger on Friday.
Stringer/Philippines / Reuters

A stranded ferry passenger on Friday.

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