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Monster Typhoon Soudelor Rearing Its Ugly Head to Strike

Super Typhoon Soudelor ISS-KimiyaYui (08-04-15)

Typhoon Soudelor is the strongest cyclone on Earth in 2015 and it inches closer to making landfall in the Western Pacific Ocean later this week.

According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, at its peak on Monday, Typhoon Soudelor’s peak wind gusts reached between 180 and 220 mph, which easily placed the storm in the rare “super typhoon” class when its peak gusts exceeded 150 mph. At 8 am EDT Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency estimated that Typhoon Soudelor’s central pressure fell to 900 mb, which officially made it the strongest storm of the year.

(Source:earth.nullschool.net)

Although the storm weakened in the past 48 hours down to a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (as of 5 am EDT Wednesday), it is forecast to restrengthen to at least a Category 4 storm before making landfall on Taiwan in 48-60 hours.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Jason Cerjak
(Post image: NASA/JSC, Japanese Astronaut Kimiya Yui Date: August 4, 2015)

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