CAPE TOWN – These amazing satellite images show the terrifying size of Typhoon Noru currently raging over the Pacific Ocean.
With wind speeds reaching up to 165mph last weekend, Noru became the biggest and most powerful storm of 2017. At its peak it was the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane.
The typhoon is currently travelling northwest across the ocean and, according to the Weather Channel , it’s progress could have dangerous consequences for residents of southern Japan.
“How intense Noru will be at the time it moves near southern Japan is uncertain and depends on several factors. There is the chance that Noru could undergo another period of rapid intensification before approaching southern Japan later this week as sea-surface temperatures are plenty warm,” the site warned.
Astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station shared images of the gigantic force of nature on Twitter.
Meteorologists and satellites will be closely tracking the typhoon over the next few days to measure its ferocity.
If it intensifies as it hits southern Japan the results could include damaging winds and possible flooding.
The typhoon has been classified as a tropical cyclone for the last 12 days since first appearing on July 20.
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