Typhoon Parma, 180 km (110 miles) northeast of the island of Catanduanes in the central Philippines, gaining strength as it headed west-northwest toward the Luzon mainland, bringing heavy rain. Expected to make landfall near the northeastern province of Isabela on Saturday. Philippines declared a nationwide state of calamity. Concerns about the effects of more rain on the relief work in already flooded areas.
The Philippines police say they will forcibly evacuate residents refusing to leave their homes in the direct path of an approaching super typhoon.