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Image of the Day: Okinawa Faces Super Typhoon Sanba

Credit: NASA (via Capital Weather Gang Facebook Page).

Super Typhoon Sanba became one of the most powerful storms so far this hurricane season as it wound its way over the Western Pacific, on its way to a potential encounter with Okinawa and South Korea.

Packing sustained winds of greater than 155 mph and even stronger gusts, this storm would cause a catastrophe were it to strike land. Sanba is a Category 5 hurricane, the highest category ranking, and is just about at peak intensity.

Forecasts indicate that Sanba should weaken before striking South Korea, but Okinawa may not be so lucky.
 

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