Yolanda in pictures: Super typhoon ravages central Philippines
Entire nation on alert as Yolanda barrels towards Friday landfall. Typhoon Yolanda is seen approaching the Philippines in this NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, November 6, at 23:13 UTC (7:00 a.m. Thursday, PHL time). Local authorities evacuated coastal areas and put emergency workers on alert as the storm is expected to grow into a super typhoon headed towards the Visayas, which is still recovering from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit last month. Reuters/NOAA
Most of the world could only watch on edge from afar as Super Typhoon Yolanda slammed its way through the central Philippines on Friday. But for many Filipinos, the storm was an inescapable experience that inspired equal parts of awe and fear.
Here, in pictures, is the face of Yolanda that the rest of the world couldn't see for themselves:
—Compiled by Roehl Niño Bautista/TJD, GMA News