Aug 19, 2015 Uncategorized Comments Off on Typhoon Atsani Intensifies Into a Super Typhoon (Newsweek)
Typhoon Atsani, one of two typhoons currently bearing down on the western Pacific Ocean toward Southeast Asia, is now a super typhoon.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Wednesday that Typhoon Atsani had reached winds of 160 mph, which makes it a super typhoon, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. It’s the seventh such storm, equal to a Category 5 hurricane, seen this year, Mashable reports.
As of Wednesday morning, Super Typhoon Atsani winds had reached 160 mph. Both Super Typhoon Atsani and its sister typhoon, Typhoon Goni, are moving northwest across the Pacific Ocean. Taiwan is still recovering from more than 50 inches of rain dumped on the country by Super Typhoon Soudelor earlier this month.
Super Typhoon Atsani, currently moving several hundred miles east of Typhoon Goni, is expected to continue moving in a northwest direction and could impact Japan later this week.
Typhoon Goni traveled between Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands last weekend, causing flash flood warnings after 10 inches of rain fell, PBS reports. Typhoon Goni is now heading for Taiwan and clocked sustained winds of 125 mph as of Wednesday morning, according to the Weather Channel.
Super Typhoon Atsani is expected intensify on Thursday before starting to weaken on Friday, according to NOAA.