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Super typhoon slams into Philippines

"We lost power and all roads are impassable because of fallen trees," the governor, Roger Mercado, said. "We just have to pray."
/ Source: MSNBC TV

"We lost power and all roads are impassable because of fallen trees," the governor, Roger Mercado, said. "We just have to pray."

A massive typhoon slammed into the Philippines on Friday, carrying winds that clocked in at nearly 200 mph.

“It is the most powerful storm ever to make landfall,” Weather Channel’s lead meteorologist Michael Palmer told NBC News. 

It has already killed four people, according to the Associated Press. Since communications have been cut off by the storm, many fear the number will rise. The storm has destroyed homes and set off landslides. Typhoons are particularly dangerous, because they create so much pressure that even storm-proof structures are at risk.

Earlier today, the governor of Southern Leyte—one of the islands first hit by the storm—spoke with a local radio station, according to NBC News, saying that the typhoon had been “very powerful,” causing landslides to destroy the houses on higher ground, while coastal homes were flattened. 

"We lost power and all roads are impassable because of fallen trees," the governor, Roger Mercado, said. "We just have to pray."