Typhoon Haima slams Philippines; 2nd major storm in week
Haima is now heading towards China, where work teams have already been deployed to Guangdong province in anticipation of its arrival, according to Xinhua.
Thousands in evacuations centers
More than 60,000 people have already been affected by the typhoon, as it traveled across the Philippines, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development, with almost 15,000 people in evacuation centers.
Hundreds of thousands of food packs were ready to be deployed by the government early on Thursday morning.
At its peak, Haima packed winds of up to 315 kilometers per hour (195 mph), the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
It is the third-strongest typhoon of the season, behind Nepartak and Meranti, both of which lashed Taiwan and China.
Typhoon Haima will be much weaker by the time it heads toward China, CNN meteorologists said, though flooding could still occur.
Second typhoon in a week
According to data going back to 1950 from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Haima will be just the third time back-to-back storms with an intensity of Category 4 or higher have hit the Philippines.
At least three people were killed Sunday as Sarika crossed the archipelago north of Manila as a Category 4 storm. Almost 10,000 people were displaced, according to aid organization Care International.
On Tuesday, that weather system made landfall on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, prompting the government to close schools in the island province and suspend high-speed rail services, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
About 500,000 people were evacuated ahead of the storm, Xinhua reported.
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