Super Typhoon Usagi, the strongest storm to hit the planet this year, is barreling through the western Pacific on Friday, with Taiwan, the northern Philippines and China bracing for potentially devastating effects.
Meteorologist Eric Holthaus reports that on Thursday the storm exploded in intensity from tropical storm strength to the equivalent of a category five hurricane, with its wind speeds increasing 85mph in less than 24 hours, marking "one of the fastest intensification rates ever recorded."
SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT
If you think a better world is possible, support our people-powered media model today
The corporate media puts the interests of the 1% ahead of all of us. That's wrong. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good.
If you believe the survival of independent media is vital to a healthy democracy, please step forward with a donation to nonprofit Common Dreams today:
The Independent reports that the 680-mile wide "storm is set to roar between the Philippines and Taiwan before hammering the southern Chinese coast, and possibly Hong Kong, later in the weekend."
* * *