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Typhoon Etau (11W) Approaching Japan

Typhoon Etau (11W) Approaching Japan. The MODIS instrument onboard the Aqua spacecraft captured this true-color image of Typhoon Etau—the 10th typhoon of the season’as it was located 470 kilometers south-southeast of Naha, capital of Okinawa Prefecture. Etau was moving north-northwest at 25 km per hour with sustained winds of 165 km per hour (104 mph) and is expected to reach Okinawa Island very early tomorrow (Thursday, August 7) morning. Typhoon Etau (11W) Approaching Japan is one of the strongest storms. Therefore its hard hitting approach to the country will cause massive amounts of damage to the country.

Typhoon Etau, known in the Philippines as  produced near-record winds and rainfall in Japan in August 2003. The tenth named storm and fifth typhoon of the 2003 Pacific typhoon season, Etau developed on August 2, and gradually intensified while moving to the northwest. Etau formed an eye and became a large storm by the time it approached Okinawa on August 7. The typhoon attained peak winds of 155 km/h (100 mph) before weakening slightly while turning to the northeast

. Etau made landfall on the Japanese island of Shikoku on August 8, and later moved across portions of Honshu and Hokkaido. After weakening to tropical storm status, the cyclone became extratropical on August 9 and dissipated three days later. Also Typhoon Etau (11W) Approaching Japan has caused massive damage to the whole country. While passing northeast of the Philippines, the typhoon caused light damage in the archipelago. Although the winds have torn away the terrain of the island. Also the northwest island got hit by the strong winds from the typhoon so badly therefore the harsh rainfall and tropical weather destroyed the area causing water to even rise high into the island areas. Therefore taking out a lot of the surrounding areas of the island such as plants trees and the landscape. Also flooding the area.

Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

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