Typhoon Imbudo is shown draped over the Philippines in this true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) from the Aqua satellite on July 22, 2003. The storm was a Super Typhoon just yesterday (July 21) but it weakened a bit over land. The storm is moving west-northwest, and is headed for the southern China coast.
Typhoon Imbudo, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Harurot, was a powerful typhoon that struck the Philippines and southern China in July 2003. The seventh named storm and fourth typhoon of the season, Imbudo formed on July 15 to the east of the Philippines. The storm moved generally west-northward for much of its duration due to a ridge to the north. Favorable conditions allowed Imbudo to intensify, gradually at first before undergoing rapid deepening on July 19. After reaching typhoon status, Imbudo strengthened further to peak 10–minute sustained winds of 165 km/h (105 mph) on July 20. The typhoon made landfall on northern Luzon near peak intensity on July 22, but quickly weakened over land. Once in the South China Sea, Imbudo re-intensified slightly before making its final landfall in southern China near Yangjiang on July 24, dissipating the next day.
Credit: Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC