Typhoon Maria heads toward the eastern coast of China

Today's Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows Typhoon Maria as it blazes a massive trail across the ocean toward eastern China

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Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows Typhoon Maria as it blazes a massive trail across the ocean toward eastern China.

The storm system went through one of the most accelerated transformations ever recorded, intensifying from a tropical storm to a super typhoon in just one day.

Although the storm has been downgraded from a super typhoon, it will still make a powerful landfall somewhere around the Fujian and Zhejiang provinces of China on July 11.

Maria is expected to bring wind gusts of over 120 miles per hour and torrential rains, and over 140,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying and coastal regions.

This image of Typhoon Maria was captured on July 10 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory