The strongest typhoon that has occurred this year preparing to hit in a few hours the central Philippines where causing alarm.
With gusty winds , whose speed approaching 300 km / h , Hurricane Chaigian threatens to spread havoc in the islands of the central Philippines , a month after the devastating earthquake of 7.1 Richter had shaken the region.
The authorities have moved to mass evacuations and communities have been put on highest alert . As in there are no high mountains to halt the momentum of the winds , the hurricane is expected to cause major damage in its path.
Hurricane Chaigian ( Yolanda for the locals) is Category 5 of the Safir - Simpson scale , ie at the highest risk level . It is just the fourth hurricane of this size formed in the Pacific Ocean in 2013 .
After the Philippines , Hurricane Chaigian will head to Vietnam on Friday night , but having now weakened.