Typhoon Hagupit is headed to the Philippines – one of the most disaster prone countries in the world.
The Philippine government is targeting a zero casualty rate once Hagupit makes landfall in the country.
As of this broadcast, the Philippine weather bureau PAGASA says there is a 75 percent chance that Hagupit will make landfall in Eastern Visayas on Saturday.
Forty-four provinces may be affected including Eastern Samar, Cebu, Panay and Mindoro.
In Tacloban, which was devastated by Typhoon Yolanda last year, residents are stocking up on groceries and other basic goods. The local government is also preparing the Tacloban Astrodome, which will be used as an evacuation center.
Disaster relief officials are calling on residents to heed evacuation warnings, to prevent another massive disaster like last year.
PAGASA downplayed fears that Hagupit will become another Super Typhoon.
A super typhoon has maximum winds of 220 kilometers per hour. Hagupit’s winds are at 160 kilometers per hour.