Last update: August 23rd, 2019 at 5:00 pm
At 11:05 a.m. local time (03:05 UTC) on October 19, 2015, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image of Typhoon Koppu over the Philippines.
When this image was acquired the typhoon was a Category 1-strength storm with maximum sustained winds of about 130 km/h (80 mph). The storm had already weakened from super typhoon status with 240 km/h winds, recorded on October 17, according to Unisys. Weakening continued and by the evening of October 19 – about nine hours after this image – Koppu was downgraded to a tropical storm.
Although Koppu had weakened, the threat of flooding lingered. According to Weather Underground blogger Bob Henson, models agreed that the storm would spend another three to four days creeping northward along Luzon – the largest, northernmost island in the Philippines. According to the news service, Deutsche Welle, by October 20 Typhoon Koppu had brought heavy flooding and disaster to Luzon, the Philippine’s largest island. They reported that around 200 farming villages were submerged, some under more than 1.5 m (5 ft.) of water. More than 70,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes while twenty-two people have been killed in the Philippines by Koppu.