Super Typhoon Vongfong Packing 189 MPH Wind Gusts in Western Pacific

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Super Typhoon Vongfong is now the most intense storm recorded on planet earth in 2014 packing wind gusts up to 189 mph as it makes its way across the Western Pacific towards Japan.

According to the latest update from Japan’s Meteorological Agency at 15:45 UTC, the center of Super Typhoon Vongfong was located in position N18°35′(18.6°), E130°35′(130.6°), approximately 600 miles south of Okinawa, and was heading WNW at 10km/h, (6 knots). Super Typhoon Vongfong had a minimum central pressure of 900 mb, according to the update.

The storm is Earth’s most powerful tropical cyclone since November 2013’s devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan, according to Dr. Jeff Masters of Weather Underground. Vongfong is Earth’s fourth Category 5 storm of the year, and the second in the Western Pacific, Masters said.

The latest update on Super Typhoon Vongfong can be found on the Japan Meteorological Agency’s website, HERE.

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Infrared VIIRS image of Super Typhoon Vongfong as seen at 17:03 UTC (1:03 pm EDT) on October 7, 2014. At the time, Vongfong was a peak-intensity Category 5 storm with 180 mph winds. Image credit: Dan Lindsey, NOAA/NASA and RAMMB/CIRA via Weather Underground
Infrared VIIRS image of Super Typhoon Vongfong as seen at 17:03 UTC (1:03 pm EDT) on October 7, 2014. Image credit: Dan Lindsey, NOAA/NASA and RAMMB/CIRA via Weather Underground