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Strongest Cyclone of 2013 Begins Battering Central Philippines

The world's strongest tropical cyclone of the year has begun to pound the central Philippines after President Benigno Aquino ordered mass evacuations to reduce the risk of disaster. Super Typhoon Haiyan, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, was expected to make landfall between the eastern islands of Samar and Leyte on Friday morning, local time, after gaining strength over the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center said prior to landfall, Haiyan had maximum sustained winds...

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