DURATION: 00:46,03

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LOCATION: LEGAZPI, Philippines

SOURCE: ABS-CBN

RESTRICTION: NO ACCESS PHILIPPINES

SHOTLIST:

1. Various of palm trees blowing in high winds

2. Tracking shot of fallen trees

3. Various of fallen tree on road

4. Resident clearing branches from fallen tree

5. Wide of house with walls blown out

6. Pan of interior of home, wind blowing through fallen walls

7. Various of damaged home

8. Various of man fixing roof.

SOUNDBITE (English) Oliver Teves, AP correspondent

'Actually, you can say it blasted its way into the central part of the country. This region is composed of islands that don't have very tall mountains to slow it down. It toppled trees, electric posts and communications are down. You can imagine howling winds ripping away roots and causing storm surges. More than 125,000 people have been evacuated. That is one of the reasons we know of only two casualties. The government has set up over a hundred evacuation centers to accommodate all these people.'

STORYLINE:

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, slammed into the Philippines on Friday, cutting communications and blocking roads in the centre of the country amid worries of serious damage and casualties.

Telephone lines appeared down as it was difficult to get through to the landfall site 650 kilometres (405 miles) southeast of Manila.

North of the landfall site in Legazpi in the Bicol region of the country, fallen trees blocked roads as residents assessed extensive damage to homes.

Weather officials said that Haiyan had sustained winds at 235 kilometres per-hour (147 mph), with gusts of 275 kilometres per-hour (170 mph) when it made landfall at Eastern Samar province's Guiuan township.

The local weather bureau makes estimates based on longer periods of time than others, such as the US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning centre, which said shortly before the typhoon made landfall that its maximum sustained winds were 314 kilometres per-hour (195 mph), with gusts up to 379 kilometres per-hour (235 mph).

Already authorities reported having trouble reaching colleagues in the landfall area, with a forecaster at the national weather bureau saying contact had been lost with staff in the landfall area.

More than 125,000 people had been evacuated from towns and villages in the typhoon's path, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

Among them were thousands of residents of Bohol who had been camped in tents and other makeshift shelters after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake devastated many towns on the island province.

President Benigno Aquino III assured the public of extensive preparations, with three C-130 air force cargo planes and 32 military helicopters and planes on standby, along with 20 navy ships.

After hitting Guiuan on the southern tip of Samar island, the typhoon pummelled nearby Leyte island.

The typhoon - the 24th serious storm to hit the Philippines this year - is forecast to barrel through the Philippines' central region on Friday and Saturday before blowing toward the South China Sea over the weekend, heading toward Vietnam.