Typhoon Soudelor, currently gathering strength in the western Pacific Ocean and headed for China, is set to become the largest cyclone of 2015, say weather experts. Yesterday, the storm was whipping up estimated wind gusts of 218 miles per hour at its source, or 190 knots to you sailing types.
The typhoon is expected to continue in a west-northwesterly direction over the coming days, bringing it near Japan's far southwestern Ryukyu Islands and then on to Taiwan and eastern China in time for the weekend.
Taipei and Wenzhou look to be high risk areas, and while it looks like Shanghai and Xiamen are out of range of the eye of the storm, the cities will likely be hit by high winds and rain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
A recent study found an increase in storms in the Northwest Pacific was a response to global warming. Hurricanes and typhoons play their own role in the eco-system by transporting heat from the tropics to the poles.
More updates on Typhoon Soudelor as we get them...
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