Typhoon Haiyan moves towards Vietnam after striking Philippines

BY newsdesk  November 8, 2013 at 4:22 PM EST

Super Typhoon Haiyan, considered to be one of the most powerful storms on record, is continuing its charge east after bearing down on the Philippines Friday.

The storm hit the eastern Philippines early Friday local time and quickly moved across the country’s central islands at 25 mph, packing significant winds and forcing more than 700,000 people to flee their homes. The AP reported at least four dead.

Reports of landslides, uprooted trees, and power losses were widespread, in addition to loss of communication between several provinces. Some experts say the damage could’ve been worse if the storm hadn’t moved so quickly. “Fortunately, this moved like a Porsche,” Michael Padua, a senior typhoon specialist at Weather Philippines, told the New York Times.

The storm is on course to strike Vietnam in the next few days, which local reports are saying may be the strongest storm the country has faced in 10 years.

Video editing by Geoffrey Guray.