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Space: Time-lapse ISS footage shows eye of Super Typhoon Soudelor00:40

Space: Time-lapse ISS footage shows eye of Super Typhoon Soudelor

Germany, Space
August 6, 2015 at 05:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Time-lapse footage recorded on August 4 from the International Space Station (ISS) and released on Wednesday showed the Super Typhoon Soudelor's small but distinguishable eye as it continues to approach Taiwan.

With sustained winds of up to 218 mph, Super Typhoon Soudelor is category 5 on the hurricane scale, making it the strongest tropical cyclone on earth in 2015 so far. Numerous satellites are monitoring the typhoon as it is expected to make a landfall in Taiwan on Friday. The storm's intensity has decreased since its peak at 218mph on Monday and NASA experts predict Soudelor to weaken further before it hits the island. However, Taiwan can still expect heavy rain and gusty winds, as the super typhoon is likely to be a category 3 or 4 on the storm scale.

Taiwan started to prepare for Soudelor on Tuesday, organising flood prevention equipment including 881 water pumps, as well as arranging 35 detention ponds in flood-prone areas. 383 typhoons have made their landfall or caused damages on Taiwan from 1897 to 2003, according to figures by Weather Underground. The most destructive storm to hit the island in recorded history occurred in 2009, when Typhoon Morakot, also known as Typhoon Kiko, caused over 450 deaths.

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Time-lapse footage recorded on August 4 from the International Space Station (ISS) and released on Wednesday showed the Super Typhoon Soudelor's small but distinguishable eye as it continues to approach Taiwan.

With sustained winds of up to 218 mph, Super Typhoon Soudelor is category 5 on the hurricane scale, making it the strongest tropical cyclone on earth in 2015 so far. Numerous satellites are monitoring the typhoon as it is expected to make a landfall in Taiwan on Friday. The storm's intensity has decreased since its peak at 218mph on Monday and NASA experts predict Soudelor to weaken further before it hits the island. However, Taiwan can still expect heavy rain and gusty winds, as the super typhoon is likely to be a category 3 or 4 on the storm scale.

Taiwan started to prepare for Soudelor on Tuesday, organising flood prevention equipment including 881 water pumps, as well as arranging 35 detention ponds in flood-prone areas. 383 typhoons have made their landfall or caused damages on Taiwan from 1897 to 2003, according to figures by Weather Underground. The most destructive storm to hit the island in recorded history occurred in 2009, when Typhoon Morakot, also known as Typhoon Kiko, caused over 450 deaths.

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