Typhoon Hagupit has strengthened into a super storm over the Pacific as it approaches the Philippines.
Hagupit, or "Ruby" in the Philippines, has gusts of up to 250km/h (155mph) and is forecast to reach land on Saturday.
It is on course for the Eastern Samar province and the city of Tacloban, where thousands were killed by Typhoon Haiyan a year ago.
Tens of thousands of people, many of whom still live in temporary shelters, are moving away from coastal areas.
|Typhoon Hagupit (4 Dec 2014)|
The typhoon is not as powerful as Haiyan but still presents a threat to life
Schools and government offices are closed and there were long queues at shops and petrol stations as people stocked up on supplies.
|People wait for evacuation from San Jose village in Leyte, Philippines|
Many people are still living in temporary accommodation after Typhoon Haiyan
|Residents at shops in Tacloban, Philippines (3 Dec 2014)|
Local people have been stocking up on supplies ahead of the storm's arrival
Meteorologists had said there was a chance Hagupit could veer north towards Japan and miss the Philippines altogether, but there is a growing consensus that this scenario is now unlikely.
The Philippines gives its own names to typhoons once they move into Philippine waters, rather than using the international storm -naming system.
Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda, was the most powerful typhoon ever recorded over land.
It tore though the central Philippines in November 2013, leaving more than 7,000 dead or missing.
This is my concern and why I posted this on my Child Abuse blog. After a natural disaster, children become very vulnerable to kidnapping. They can be snatched away by pedophiles who can do what they want with them, even kill them, and nobody would ever know.
Please pray for the children of the Philippines.