(WASHINGTON) -- The Philippines is bracing for a super typhoon with sustained winds inside the storm's eye wall close to 195 miles per hour and gusts of up to 235 miles per hour.
Thousands of people in the central Philippines evacuated their homes and businesses Thursday ahead of Typhoon Haiyan. The storm is expected to make landfall on Friday.
"No typhoon can bring Filipinos to their knees if we'll be united," President Benigno Aquino said, according to the BBC.
The typhoon comes just a month after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the region.
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