Disaster Season

Philippines Evacuate Ahead Of Typhoon

As Indonesia copes with the devastation from an earthquake last Wednesday, its neighbor to the northeast, the Philippines, is preparing for its own potential disaster. Thousands of Filipinos were evacuated from the coast ahead of Typhoon Parma, which is expected to make landfall Saturday. The typhoon has maximum sustained winds of 132 mph, and could be upgraded to a super typhoon with winds of 150 mph. Just last weekend, the Philippines was hit with a tropical storm that killed hundreds and flooded Manila, CNN reports. The president of the Philippines has already declared the country under a "state of calamity," and has ordered the authorities to use force if necessary when carrying out evacuations.