Typhoon Haiyan, aka Yolanda, is making landfall in the Philippines, hitting Tacloban City in the province of Leyte.
The storm caused damage to buildings as it swept through the city.
Winds are expected to exceed 278 kph (173mph).
The Philippine president said the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan could be lower than initially thought, but that many areas remain cut off.
Satellite images of the Philippines before and after Typhoon Haiyan struck show how the storm flattened whole communities.
British typhoon survivor says home nearly collapsed on him and his family