According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) extremely dangerous cyclone Lawin (international name Haima) has turned into a super typhoon early Wednesday afternoon. Four provinces are reported to be under signal number 5. It is the highest tropical cyclone warning signal.
The Philippines is often one of the islands hit by potentially destructive storms. Below are 9 of the most devastating typhoons ever recorded in the country's history.
1. Bagyong Yolanda
International name: Typhoon Haiyan
With about 6,340 confirmed dead, Typhoon Haiyan is one of the most devastating tropical cyclones in Philippine history. Most of the casualties were from the eastern part of Visayas region. It hit the country on November 8, 2013.
2. Bagyong Milenyo
International name: Typhoon Xangsane
In 2006, Typhoon Xangsane has badly struck the Philippines. A report claimed that an estimated 1.2 million people were affected, 184 of which was reported dead and 536 injured.
3. Bagyong Uring
International name: Tropical Storm Thelma
Ormoc, Leyte has experienced flash floods on November 15, 1991 when Typhoon Thelma hit the island killing over 5,100 people.
4. Bagyong Sendong
International name: Typhoon Washi
About 1,080 people died on December 16, 2011 because of Typhoon Washi. It destroyed massively the Northern Mindanao.
5. Bagyong Pablo
International name: Typhoon Bopha
On December 3, 2012, one of the deadliest typhoons in the country hit the Southern island of Mindanao. About 1,900 people were recorded dead or missing.
6. Bagyong Ruping
International name: Typhoon Mike
Causing the death of 1,363 people on August 31, 1984, Typhoon Mike has wrecked mostly the central partof the Philippines.
7. Bagyong Sisang
International name: Typhoon Nina
The disastrous Typhoon Nina ripped the Bicol region bringing deadly mudslides down Mayon volcano. The tragedy killed 979 people.
8. Bagyong Frank
International name: Typhoon Fengshen
Leaving 980 people dead, Typhoon Fengshen tracked a catastrohpic path through the central Philippines and areas nearby on June 20, 2008.
9. Bagyong Yoyong
International name: Typhoon Amy
It brought floods, landslides, and storm surge that took away the lives of 991 people. Hitting the country on December 9, 1951, Typhoon Amy damaged massive parts of Negros island.
Below is a rare footage during the Yolanda typhoon in 2013.