Typhoon Noru is expected to make landfall around southern Japan this weekend, bringing an end to “a long and strange journey the tropical cyclone has already made through the western Pacific Ocean,” the Weather Channel reports.
— Jack Fischer (@Astro2fish) August 1, 2017
Astronaut Jack Fischer and Cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky posted eerie images of Noru from their vantage aboard the ISS as the typhoon gained momentum over the Pacific Ocean.
— Сергей Рязанский (@SergeyISS) August 1, 2017
NASA’s Terra satellite captured a close look at the eye of the storm while passing over Noru in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. On Tuesday, NASA measured Noru’s maximum sustained winds at 165kmph (103 miles).
— NASAHurricane (@NASAHurricane) August 1, 2017
Noru grew from an ordinary tropical storm Saturday to a super typhoon, becoming Earth’s most intense storm of the year so far by Sunday.
— Nicholas Stewart (@NickStewartKHQA) July 30, 2017
— Johnny Parker (@JohnnyParker012) August 1, 2017
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) July 31, 2017
On Tuesday, Noru’s strength was the equivalent to that of a category 2 hurricane. Japanese authorities are monitoring Noru’s progress closely and will prepare to dispatch emergency services as it ventures closer to the country’s coast.