Astronauts come face to face with Super Typhoon Soudelor
Published 05/08/2015 | 15:06
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station were completing routine maintenance when they captured the breathtaking view of the strongest cyclone yet this year as it made its way across the Pacific Ocean.
Super Typhoon Soudelor is currently preparing to take aim at Taiwan and China, threatening damaging winds, destructive storm surge and flooding rains.
The storm peaked on Monday August 3, with winds of 180 miles per hour, making it the strongest typhoon so far this year, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
Yesterday, the winds hit 150 mph, classing it as a 'super typhoon'.
The storm is forecast to continue to weaken before making landfall, but is still expected to be a large and powerful typhoon, likely equivalent to a Category 3 or Category 4 hurricane, when it hits Taiwan.
Current projections put it over the island on Saturday morning local time.
The West Pacific Basin has seen a total of 10 typhoons so far in 2015.
Of those, five have been super typhoons, which is more than the average number for the whole year.