Super Typhoon Usagi, the strongest storm of 2013, so far, is seen by Metop-B as it moves towards China, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
15 November 2020
20 September 2013
Typhoon Usagi is, reportedly, the Pacific's strongest storm on record this year, with wind speeds estimated to be up to 250 km/h, making it a Category 5 storm. It is the second super typhoon of the year in the Pacific, in August Utor hit the Philippines, causing devastating damage.
According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) Usagi is expected to:"...weaken as it begins to interact with Taiwan. The system is unlikely to re-intensify over the South China sea due to land interaction and decreasing ocean heat content.".
Article update on 23/09/13
On Sunday 22 September Usagi landed near the city of Shanwei, in the Chinese province of Guangdong, in southern China. The 180 km/h winds which were recorded have caused loss of life, cancelled 100's of flights and shut down shipping. Travel in neighbouring Hong Kong was also greatly affected despite Hong Kong missing the worst of the typhoon.
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