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"It's going pretty quickly and it's going to go to Palau and south of Yap but there's a little island there with a few people called Nrulu and they're probably going to get the eye of the typhoon over them," he said.
The Palau National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) is advising the public to tune into local broadcasters for updates and to stock up on emergency supplies.
Palau's government offices and schools will remain shut until Friday.
Audio: Powerful typhoon bearing down on Micronesia (ABC News)
Mr Ziobro says many of the islands in the path of the typhoon are low-lying areas.
"Some of these little islands are not very high... levels above the ocean so some of the wave action would be higher than atolls," he said.
"They might be only about 10 feet high and we're expecting seas of 13-16 feet and probably even higher than that and it could over wash the island."
'Most dangerous storm'
Haiyan is expected to reach central Philippines as a super typhoon by Friday noon local time, moving at 233-249 kilometres per hour, according to Michael Ziobrol.
"If people are in the Philippines, they should start preparing too, especially the central Philippines," he said.
Dr Jeff Masters, a contributor to the weather blog Wunderground, says Haiyan will likely be the most dangerous tropical cyclone to affect the Philippines this year.
Haiyan became a super typhoon early Tuesday night with maximum sustained winds of 240 kph (150 mph).
Philippine officials on Wednesday raised the alert for a powerful typhoon threatening the country’s eastern coast and urged residents to leave high-risk areas before the storm hits.
Typhoon Haiyan was barrelling towards eastern and central provinces with maximum winds of 240 kilometres per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 295 kph. It was expected to intensify as it neared land, weather forecasters warned.
Haiyan, which will be called locally as Yolanda, was expected to make landfall over the eastern provinces of Samar and Leyte on Friday.
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas urged residents to be prepared for evacuation, especially those living along coastlines and other high-risk areas. “All our preparation will be for nothing if we will still wait for the typhoon to arrive before we act,” he told a meeting of disaster relief officials and workers.
OMG this is a bad one. Sending positive thoughts to all those in this thing's path. Stay safe over there.
Its true that there has been winds like carzy lately, even in my area (Ottawa, canada) we had gusts of up to 120km/h all day friday, I almost lost my fence that day.
All that with a 5 hour blackout. But this was nothing in comparisson to what those poor people are facing.
By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor
Thousands of villagers fled as the most powerful storm on the planet this year approached the Philippines on Thursday.
Super typhoon Haiyan had wind speeds of up to 170 mph and was rated as a category-five storm early Thursday, according to Weather Channel lead meteorologist Michael Palmer.
He warned that the storm was likely to cause widespread devastation and "a significant loss of life."
“It’s a very poor country and there is not really any place for these people to go because they are on an island," Palmer added. “There was a similar typhoon that struck in 1990 which killed 700 people so you are going to see that here, maybe even worse.”
(CNN) -- Thousands of people in vulnerable areas of the Philippines are being relocated as the strongest storm on the planet so far this year spins toward the country.
With sustained winds of 305 kph (190 mph) and gusts as strong as 370 kph (230 mph), Super Typhoon Haiyan was churning across the Western Pacific toward the central Philippines as one of the most intense tropical cyclones ever recorded.
Its wind strength makes it equivalent to an exceptionally strong Category 5 hurricane.
The storm, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, is expected to still be a super typhoon, with winds in excess of 240 kph (149 mph), when it makes landfall Friday morning in the region of Eastern Visayas.
The storm is so large in diameter that clouds from it are affecting two-thirds of the country.