Typhoon Lupit moves through the North Pacific just east of Guam in this true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image. At the time this image was taken on November 25, 2003, the storm boasted maximum sustained winds of 132 miles per hour (115 knots) with gusts up to 160 miles per hour (140 knots). The Aqua satellite recorded this image.
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Typhoon Lupit (lu-PIT, [lʊˈpit]; Filipino word meaning “cruelty” or “viciousness”), known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yoyoy, destroyed the food supply in several small islands in Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). It formed on November 18, 2003, from the monsoon trough to the west of the Marshall Islands. Early in its duration, it moved generally to the west or west-southwest. On November 21, the depression intensified into Tropical Storm Lupit, the 21st storm named by the Japan Meteorological Agency of the 2003 Pacific typhoon season. Two days later, it strengthened into a typhoon and developed an eye. Lupit later began a prolonged movement to the northwest, during which it passed near several islands in Yap State. The typhoon reached peak intensity on November 26, with peak 10‑minute sustained winds of 185 km/h (115 mph). It later weakened due to increasing wi
Credit: Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC