Typhoon Haiyan hits the PhillipinesUPDATED 4:28 PM HST Nov 09, 2013Video Transcript
close attention to the images coming out of their home country tonight. Millions in the Philippines are starting to assess the damage from one of the strongest storms on record. Chief meteorologist Justin Fujioka has the latest on the powerful typhoon. Justin? Paula... Haiyan, or Yolanda as it's known in the Philippines... no longer a super typhoon and now exiting the island nation. But not before killing more than 100 people there. It's potentially the strongest tropical cyclone to ever hit land... and these images are just the start of what we'll learn about the devastation Super Typhoon Haiyan left behind. The monstrous, 300-mile-wide storm... shown here from space -- slammed into the Philippines overnight with sustained winds of 195 miles per hour and gusts up to 235. Mai Zamora: "THE WIND HERE IS, IT IS SO STRONG AND THE HEAVY DOWNPOUR IS CONTINUED. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DESCRIBE IT AND I WISH I COULD DESCRIBE." 750-thousand people, forced to evacuate... including many who were living in tents after a 7-point-2 magnitude earthquake just last month. The death toll is expected to climb as rescuers make their way to remote areas, cut off by the storm. A storm with an intensity that's unlikely in Hawaii. Mike Cantin: "WE LOOK FOR ARE MAXIMUM POSSIBILITY TO BE A CATEGORY-FOUR STORM. SO WINDS OF 195 MILES AN HOUR, PROBABLY NOT THEORETICALLY POSSIBLE THIS FAR NORTH IN THE CENTRAL PACIFIC." Cantin says a storm like Hurricane Iniki, with winds of 140 miles per hour is about as strong as we'll see here in the islands. As many know, that's more than enough to cause mass destruction. A storm like Haiyan in Hawaii is almost unimaginable. Mike Cantin: "WINDS CLOSER TO 200 MILES PER HOUR SUSTAINED WITH HIGHER GUSTS WITH OUR TERRAIN FUNNELING SOME OF THOSE IT WOULD BE DAMAGE LIKE WE COULD ALMOST NOT POSSIBLY IMAGINE TO WHETHER IT'S A HIGH-RISE OR A SINGLE-FAMILY HOME, IT WOULD DAMAGE JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING." Typhoon Haiyan should slowly weaken as it heads for Southeast Asia this weekend. If you're trying to contact loved ones in the Philippines, the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu says to contact their office ... and for updates, check the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council website. We have a link in the "As Seen On"