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Monster Super-Typhoon Usagi is strongest storm on earth in almost 30 years
09-21-2013, 02:49 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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This could be turning out really fekkin bad. damned.gif

A monster Super Typhoon has intensified explosively in the last 24 hours and remains on track to wreak havoc in Taiwan, the Philippines and potentially Hong Kong over the weekend.

Over the last day Super Typhoon Usagi, which is now the strongest storm to form on earth this year, has seen winds increase from 75mph on Tuesday to over 160 mph today. The cyclone is now classified now as a Super Typhoon and is considered the equivalent of a category 5 hurricane.

The storm, which is expected to maintain its current strength for at least the next 24 hours, is on course to dump 1000mm of rain (three times the annual London rainfall) on Taiwan over the next three days. The storm is set to roar between the Philippines and Taiwan before hammering the southern Chinese coast, and possibly Hong Kong, later in the weekend.

Experts have said that due to the lack of 'hurricane hunter' aircraft in the Pacific they can't accurately measure how strong the storm is, and that it may be even stronger.

According to Quartz one satellite-based estimate ranks the storm as the most powerful on the planet since 1984, having a minimum central pressure of 882 millibars.

09-21-2013, 02:54 PM #2
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Even if and when they evacuate that thing is going to demolish those islands uhoh.gif

Lord willing they all get the H out of there damned.gif
09-21-2013, 02:58 PM #3
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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882 millibars? damned.gif That's some extraordinarily low pressure, usually these things wreak extreme havoc.


09-21-2013, 02:59 PM #4
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
Oh man, that's insane damned.gif going to be devastation.
09-21-2013, 03:01 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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1000mm of rain is one cubic meter of rain per meter square. That's a ton of rain per square meter, literally. I'm sure there are millions of hutches in its way that are not exactly hurricane proof. uhoh.gif
09-21-2013, 09:56 PM #6
Cynicalabsurdance Member
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I can imagine a Hang Glider would be fun in this one
09-21-2013, 10:00 PM #7
Accidental Stoner Member
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09-21-2013, 10:05 PM #8
Hyperthermal Member
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(09-21-2013, 10:00 PM)Accidental Stoner Wrote:  hiding.gif

09-22-2013, 03:34 AM #9
Octo Mother Superior
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On its current path, the typhoon is set to directly hit the coastal metropolis of Hong Kong, which, blessed with one of the world’s most sophisticated storm preparation systems, is already readying for the worst. Leading regional carrier Cathay Pacific has suspended flights, while the city’s busy port traffic has slowed to a halt. Many businesses are expected to remain closed Monday morning.

Read more: http://world.time.com/2013/09/21/super-t...ern-china/

Shipping lanes between Guangdong province and Taiwan have been shut down as southern China braces for typhoon Usagi, expected to hit landfall Sunday.

Usagi will impact some of China’s busiest ports, including those in Zhuhai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Jieyang and Shantou.




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