Minimize Super Typhoon Utor

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite acquired this image of Typhoon Utor about 15 hours before landfall in the Philippines, on the afternoon of 11 August 2013.

At the time, the powerful storm had winds of 115 knots (213 kilometres per hour, or 132 miles/hr) and was rapidly strengthening. At its strongest, Utor was a Category 4 super typhoon, with estimated winds of 130 knots (240 km/hr or 150 miles/hr).

Super Typhoon Utor made landfall as a Category 3 storm over the northern Philippines in the early morning hours of 12 August. It was the strongest storm to hit the Philippines so far this year. As of 13 August, one person had been reported dead, 23 were missing, and hundreds were evacuated, according to news reports. Heavy rain and landslides isolated the rural communities most affected by the storm.

Weakened by its encounter with the Philippines, Utor emerged over the South China Sea as a Category 2 storm. It was forecast to track northwest and come ashore over southern China on 14 August.

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Credit: NASA Earth Observatory