Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made landfall over Guiuan in Eastern Samar at 4:40 a.m. Friday, state weather forecasters said.
At least 21 areas were placed under Storm Signal No. 4 as Yolanda made landfall over Guiuan in Eastern Samar before dawn Friday.
In its 5 a.m. advisory, PAGASA said Yolanda struck Guiuan with maximum sustained winds of 235 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 275 kph.
PAGASA said Yolanda, after making landfall, may cross Biliran, the northern tip of Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Romblon, Semirara Island, the southern part of Mindoro then Busuanga.
It will exit the Philippine land mass early Saturday morning, and move towards the West Philippine Sea.
Yolanda is forecast to move west-northwest at 39 kph and is projected to be 240 km west-northwest of Coron, Palawan Saturday morning.
By Saturday afternoon, it is expected to be 720 km northwest of Coron, Palawan or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.