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11/08/2013 07:30 pm ET

Typhoon Haiyan Forces At Least 748,000 From Their Homes In Philippines

AP

Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to flee from their homes as Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc on the Philippine archipelago Friday.

According to ABC News, the enormous storm left thousands homeless and drove at least 748,000 people to the 644 evacuation centers set up across the Philippines. Officials have said that at least another 3,000 people are still stranded in ports.

Haiyan, believed to be one of the strongest storms on record, killed at least four people and knocked out communications and power in several provinces after making landfall early Friday morning. The typhoon reportedly also triggered floods and landslides, toppled trees and destroyed homes.

According to The Associated Press, the "full extent of casualties and damage" is not yet known, due to the break in communications.

"The humanitarian impact of Haiyan threatens to be colossal," said Patrick Fuller, spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, according to Reuters.

With so many seeking refuge at evacuation centers, a major concern for humanitarian workers is getting food and supplies to the hundreds of thousands who have been displaced by the storm. As the AP reports, felled trees and roads blocked by landslides have impeded relief workers attempting to deliver these necessities.

Said to be the strongest storm of 2013, Haiyan sustained winds of 235 kph (147 mph) with gusts of 275 kph (170 mph) when it made landfall. As of early Saturday, the typhoon was reportedly losing steam and headed toward Vietnam.

CNN reports that the storm could "return to super typhoon status" before making landfall Sunday near the Vietnamese cities of Da Nang and Hue.

To find out where to go for help in the Philippines, refer to Google Crisis Response's crowdsourced map of evacuation centers, crisis areas and relief drop zone areas:

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