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(Bloomberg) — The Philippines evacuated thousands of people to safer ground and stockpiled food, with flights canceled as the country prepares for Super Typhoon Hagupit, a category-5 storm expected to make landfall tomorrow.

Hagupit, which means “whip” in Filipino, was 435 kilometers (270 miles) east of Eastern Samar province in central Philippines, maintaining strength as it moves toward land, with maximum winds of 215 kilometers per hour and gusts reaching 250 kilometers per hour, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, or Pagasa, said in an 11 a.m. report. It may may pass through Metro Manila on Dec. 9, based on a forecast by the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

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