Weather & Natural Disasters

'Most powerful storm ever to make landfall' batters Philippines; 3 deaths confirmed

Super-typhoon Haiyan destroys Philippines

The most powerful storm ever to hit land battered the Philippines on Friday, forcing more than a million people to flee for safety from flash flooding and a storm surge with waves of up to 30 feet and winds up to 200 mph.

At least three people were killed and seven injured as fears are raised of increasing casualties as death tolls are expected to rise.

Residents stand along a sea wall as high waves pounded them amidst strong winds as Typhoon Haiyan hit the city of Legaspi, Albay province, south of Manila on November 8, 2013.
Charism Sayat | AFP | Getty Images

"It is the most powerful storm ever to make landfall," Weather Channel lead meteorologist Michael Palmer told NBC News. "It is as strong a typhoon as you can get, basically."

Haiyan is the second category-5 typhoon to hit the Philippines this year after Typhoon Usagi in September.

To read the full story, click here to go to NBC News.