PHOTOS: Typhoon 'Yolanda' whips Philippines


Posted at Nov 08 2013 12:01 PM | Updated as of Nov 09 2013 01:38 AM

MANILA – The world's most powerful typhoon has made landfall in Eastern Samar Friday morning, bringing heavy rains and strong winds that whipped parts of the Visayas.

Local government units evacuated people from disaster-prone areas, packed relief goods, and prepared rescue teams.

Residents hunkered down in their homes and prepared for what is described as the one of the world’s strongest typhoons.

As Yolanda made landfall, homes were damaged, rivers swelled, and trees fell. Power lines were cut and communication channels went down. People were stranded as seaports and airports were shut down.

As of posting, weather bureau PAGASA has placed several areas under public storm warning signals.