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Philippines prepare for the worst as Super Typhoon Hagupit approaches

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By Euronews  with Associated Press, Reuters
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Philippines prepare for the worst as Super Typhoon Hagupit approaches

People in the Philippines are doing what they can to prepare for Super Typhoon Hagupit, due to hit the islands on Saturday with expected winds of up to 250km an hour.

Officials have warned of storm surges and risk of landslides.

Tens of thousands are packing what belongings they can carry and moving away from coastal areas,

Long queues formed outside shops on Thursday that barely have anything left on the shelves, and fuel is rapidly running out as people stock up.

Hagupit is on course to strike Eastern Samar province, the same region that Typhoon Haiyan tore through just over a year ago.

Haiyan was the most powerful storm over land on record and left 7000 people dead or missing in its wake.

Meteorologists say Hagupit coud veer north towards Japan and miss the Philippines altogether, but that now looks increasingly unlikely and people are taking no chances.