Open Story: Typhoon Haiyan's impact
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The Philippines is experiencing one of the strongest typhoons in recorded history.
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Open Story: Typhoon Haiyan's impact

(CNN) -- Typhoon Haiyan -- possibly the strongest storm ever to be recorded in history -- pummeled the Philippines on Friday, Nov. 8. The storm has left widespread damage across the country, displacing tens of thousands of people and causing more than 3,500 fatalities. Dozens of people are still missing.


Families search for loved ones, wait in anguish


The typhoon, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, sustained winds up to winds of 295 kph (183 mph), making it stronger than a Category 5 hurricane.


Faces of the storm


Reaching all the victims and assisting the survivors -- including more than 2 million people in need of food, according to the Philippine government -- are both priorities now.


Photos: Typhoon Haiyan aftermath


Meteorologists say the typhoon maintained its intensity as it passed through the Philippines. Early Monday, it hit the coast of northern Vietnam, where authorities had evacuated 800,000 people, according to the United Nations. It weakened to become a tropical storm as it moved inland.


The storm's destruction was captured by iReporters in the region. Videos and photos of flooded streets, torrential rain, and collapsed homes were just some of the scenes from the area.


How to help typhoon survivors


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