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Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) gained strength as it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility early Thursday and threatened provinces in Eastern Visayas, the state weather bureau said.
At 1 a.m. Thursday, Yolanda was located at 910 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur (8.3°N, 134.6°E) packing maximum sustained winds of 195 kph near the center and gustiness of 230 kph. It is moving west northwest at 30 kph, weather forecaster Joey Figuracion of the PAGASA said.
It is expected to make landfall in the provinces of Leyte and Samar Friday morning, Figuracion said.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised Public Storm Signal No. 1 over the Visayas areas of Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran Island and Camotes Island, and the areas of Surigao Del Norte, Siargao Island, Dinagat Island, Surigao Del Sur, Agusan Del Norte, and the northern part of Agusan Del Sur in Mindanao.
Areas within the path of the typhoon will experience worsening weather conditions within the next 36 hours.