Super Typhoon Chanthu, die has maintained an extreme intensity for days, is scheduled to be a direct hit on Taiwan starts Saturday, local time.
Why it matters: The storm, die currently features maximum sustained wind of 165 mph, making it a terrifying Category 5 could cause significant damage if it moves over the densely populated island from south to north.
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The big image: Super typhoon Chanthu won global attention of meteorologists when it on a dizzying one display of rapid intensification during the midweek, with to be maximum sustained wind jumping met 130 mph in just two days.
According to NOAA meteorologist Sam Lillo, there were only five previous storms on record have jumped from depression to a Category 5 equivalent in such a short period.
Rapid intensification is becoming more common as a result of humancaused global global warming from burning fossil fuels, because ocean and air heating temperatures. The air may contain about 7% more humidity for each rise of 1 degree Celsius in temperature, die serves as energy for such storms.
What’s? next: The storm, currently churning north of the Philippines, is expected to continue to run north-North West on Friday, and gradually weaken to a Category 4 equivalent before making landfall in southern Taiwan on September 11
Damage from extreme winds, torrential rains and flooding from storm surges are all in the cards for the island. The center of the storm is expected to move in near of over Taipei as a Category 2 storm.
Although Taiwan is used to typhoons, this is: one takes an unusual south-to-north path that maximizes time spent over the regions can maximize damage potential.
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