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Typhoon Hagupit approaches Philippines

Satellite image of Typhoon Hagupit Satellite image of Typhoon Hagupit
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

“I lost my brother. I lost my auntie and my first cousin". Maricris Baniqued is still healing from the wounds caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

"They found my brother after four days. We were hoping to have a separate grave for him, but they put him in a mass grave. We don't have a grave to visit him. That's the hard part".

Those three fatalities were among the 6340. Now, Baniqued is forced to relive the pain as another powerful storm approaches.

"It is a big, dangerous storm that is moving towards a populated area". Dr. Karl Kim, th Executive Director of the National Disaster Preparedness Center, University of Hawaii describes Typhoon Hagupit, and the dangers it presents.

"Heavy rainfall, the possibility of flooding…then other complications such as mudslides or landslides brought on by the heavy rainfall" he said.

Dr. Kim also notes that the Philippines are still vulnerable in the wake of Haiyan.

"If you can imagine a place now that has lots of temporary shelters, lots of really flimsy structures. This would be a really nightmare scenario if this storm were to hit those same areas that were struck last year".

Baniqued has those fears, and is not taking any chances. At her behest, her parents have already evacuated from their beachside home to a relative's apartment in a more mountainous region near Tacloban. From there, they'll weather the storm. From here, she'll hope for the best.

"If it doesn't hit that's the best outcome. If it passes on and doesn't destroy anything, doesn't take lives. That's the best outcome I can hope for".

Typhoon Hagupit is expected to make landfall in north central Philippines around 8am Saturday, Hawaii time.

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