Manila — Typhoon Haiyan is rapidly intensifying as it gets closer to a dangerous encounter with the Philippines.
Haiyan is forecast to have maximum sustained winds of 150 mph within 12 hours, which would classify it as a super typhoon.
By Thursday, its sustained winds may peak around 160 mph, making it a catastrophic category 5 storm just as it nears landfall in the central Philippines, said reports.
Haiyan is expected to be among the most intense typhoons to have crossed the Philippines this year, if not the strongest one.
“Haiyan will likely be the most dangerous tropical cyclone to affect the Philippines this year,” said Wunderground meteorologist Jeff Masters.
An Accuweather report gave details of the expected impact when Typhoon Haiyan hits the Philippines Friday morning.