See enthralling images of the twin typhoons currently churning the waters of the Pacific Ocean (National Post)
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Satellites have captured awe-inspiring images of two powerful typhoons currently stirring up the warm waters of the western Pacific Ocean. Named Goni and Atsani, meteorologists expect Goni to edge towards the northern Philippines and Taiwan over the weekend before moving towards Japan and South Korea. Weather.com is forecasting a different path for Atsani, with the typhoon moving northwest and further out to sea, potentially steering clear of the Japanese mainland.
According to the agency, Goni experienced maximum estimated sustained winds of 209 kmh as of 5 a.m. EDT on Thursday. Meanwhile, Typhoon Atsani sustained maximum wind speeds of 250 kmh, giving it super typhoon status.
Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist with Columbia State University, said via Twitter Atsani is the sixth super typhoon of the 2015 Northwest Pacific season, tying the record set in 2002.
The Himawari satellites, operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency, captured extraordinary images of the tropical cyclones far above the earth.
Twin typhoons are a rarity and the last time the phenomenon was observed was October 1997.