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Super Typhoon Usagi Barrels Toward Taiwan and China

The monster storm had maximum sustained winds of 150 mph on Friday evening

Sept. 20, 2013

Satellite image of Usagi captured on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 (NOAA)

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - The most powerful typhoon of the year approached the northern Philippines and southern Taiwan on Friday with ferocious gusts of up to 184 miles per hour. It was expected to skirt both regions, but authorities warned of torrential rains and destructive winds.

Super Typhoon Usagi had maximum sustained winds of 150 mph on Friday evening and was about 600 373 miles southeast of Taipei, Taiwan's capital, according to the U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center. A storm achieves super typhoon status when its sustained winds are at least 150 mph.

The huge storm was on track to pass near the Batanes Islands, the northernmost part of the Philippines, as it moved across the Luzon Strait, close to Taiwan's southernmost Hengchun peninsula.

In Taiwan, hundreds of people were evacuated from flood-prone areas near cities and in remote mountainous regions. Torrential rains were forecast for all of the eastern coast and the south.

Usagi was projected to push on toward southern China, with its outer bands slamming into the Guangdong-Hong Kong coastline on Sunday. The storm is expected to weaken, and by Sunday is projected to have maximum sustained winds of 158 kph (98 mph).

Usagi had a massive diameter of 1,100 kilometers (680 miles), with its outer rain bands extending across the main northern Philippine island of Luzon and southern Taiwan. Forecasters predicted 24-hour rainfall accumulation of 500 millimeters (nearly 20 inches) near its center.

In the Philippines, the Batanes Islands were placed under the highest storm alert, while lower warnings were raised in at least 15 northern provinces where officials warned of flash floods, landslides and storm surges.

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davie100

I was in one of these once when in Okinawa serving in the Marine Corps. Typhoon Tip back in 1979, it was the largest storm ever recorded.

Hope your all safe and sound, stay away from the windows.

September 21 2013 at 9:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pplylersr

nice place to visit. I wouldn't live there year round

September 20 2013 at 11:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
weltzbarb

I applaud rapture ready 1958. He is STILL waiting for us to repent..we are not. The worst is YET to come. He loves us with an "opened arms" love. Why do we keep spitting in His face??? Maranatha...Come Lord Jesus...

September 20 2013 at 10:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mfg75123mike

you know what they say
" Global Warming Happens "
To bad there is nothing humans can do about it
The earth dose what it dose and we are all here going along for the ride at it's Mercy

September 20 2013 at 6:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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mtcups

DOSE?

September 20 2013 at 9:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
uj56

YIKES!!

September 20 2013 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
raptureready1958

This is for the entire world.... 2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

September 20 2013 at 2:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ricks1951f1

This thing is huge. I wish them luck

September 20 2013 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
winhung

Super Typhoon, what super is it ? Like sandy, or new orlean.
No big deal, as a native Taiwanese, this may be just a piece of cake.
It comes and we face it and it will go, life goes on after.
Don't think this is a jerk writing like this way.

September 20 2013 at 12:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
punnster

Oddly, that typhoon looks like a broken heart.

September 20 2013 at 12:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Bring On OSU!

hope they are prepared...damn.

September 20 2013 at 12:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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