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The Philippines is about to get slammed by Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded

The central Philippines is about to get hit by what's already being considered the most powerful storm on the planet this year, and one of the most intense tropical cyclones ever recorded. Haiyan -- or, as it's known in the Philippines, Yolanda -- is expected to make landfall Friday.

Until then, according Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Haiyan could get even better. But as the Washington Post points out, it's already come close to reaching the theoretical maximum intensity possible for a cyclone.

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