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Intense typhoon strikes Philippines

MANILA — One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded slammed into the Philippines early Friday, and one weather expert warned, ‘‘There will be catastrophic damage.’’

The US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center said shortly before Typhoon Haiyan’s landfall that the storm’s maximum sustained winds were 195 miles per hour, with gusts up to 235 miles per hour.

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