Government forecasters say a powerful storm will likely slam into the same central Philippine region smothered by Typhoon Haiyan last year, prompting villagers to flee from coastal homes and sparking panic-buying of food, water and gasoline.

Forecasters said Thursday that Typhoon Hagupit, which was packing sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour (122 mph) and gusts of up to 230 kph, may hit Eastern Samar province on Saturday and barrel inland along the same route, where Haiyan leveled entire villages and left more than 7,300 dead and missing in November last year.

Haiyan survivor Emily Sagales says many of her neighbors in central Tacloban city have fled to a sports stadium, adding long lines have formed in grocery stores and gas stations as residents braced for the storm.