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Strongest storm in the world so far this year: Super typhoon Soudelor

Published 04/08/2015 | 12:36

Photo: NOAA Satellites
Photo: NOAA Satellites

Super typhoon Soudelor, possibly the strongest storm of 2015, is powering towards Taiwan in the north-west Pacific.

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The category 5 storm is expected to strengthen further, bringing possible wind speeds of 277.8 km/h later today.

A typhoon is given "super" status once sustained winds reach 240kph (130 knots).

NASA has said the typhoon was dumping rain at the rate of 58 millimetres an hour, according to satellite readings.

The storm is expected to reach northern Taiwan and hit mainland China in about four days' time.

Soudelor means a legendary ruler in the Pohnpeian language in Micronesia.

Photo: USNO
Photo: USNO

 A "state of disaster and significant emergency" has been declared in the US territory of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Soudelor's winds are expected to exceed those of Cyclone Pam, which devastated Vanuatu earlier this year. It lashed the island with winds of up to 265 km/h.

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