Typhoon in the Philippines. (Photo: Getty Images)
Super Typhoon Haiyan, among the most powerful storms ever recorded, crashed across the central islands of the Philippines Friday, killing at least four people and forcing nearly 750,000 people to flee from their homes.
Widespread power outages were reported and hundreds of flights were cancelled. But the nation appeared to avoid major disaster because the typhoon blew away before wreaking more damage.
Haiyan had sustained winds of 155 mph with gusts as high as 235 mph, according to the U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The center of the storm was moving away from the Philippines and into the South China Sea, but high winds were still battering the country.
The latest forecast shows the storm making landfall Sunday near Hue, Vietnam.
Haiyan, known as Yolanda in the typhoon-prone Philippines, affected a huge sweep of the country. 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.