BBC Weather’s John Hammond says the Samar province is in the firing line for the typhoon
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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.