This terrifying NASA picture shows the true power of wonderful typhoon Nepartak - Physics-Astronomy.org

This terrifying NASA picture shows the true power of wonderful typhoon Nepartak

Taiwan has been battered by wonderful typhoon Nepartak, which made landfall on Friday morning, ripping off rooftops, flipping cars, & injuring at least 69 people, with one death report so far. 
Nepartak is the strongest 1st  typhoon' of the rainy period to hit Taiwan in extra than 50 years, and it intensified very quickly, going from a tropical storm on Monday afternoon to a group 4 super typhoon on Tuesday. 
On Thursday, it reach its peak strength and achieve category 5 status, before being downgraded to a category 4 presently before it made landfall, deliver winds of 234 km/h (145mph) to the east coast of Taiwan.
The colour-enhanced picture above was taken by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA's Suomi NPP satellite, and it gives a pretty crazy impression of just how powerful the storm is.
In the image, you can see the eye bounded by great thunderstorms.
The red colour in the picture represents atmospheric convection - basically the churning of hot and cold air in the ambiance that causes thunderstorms - with the darkest areas representing the majority intense areas of thunderstorm action.
That's imposing enough, until you realise that the storm spans 200 km (125 miles).
To put that into viewpoint, compare it to this other NASA satellite image taken presently 2 hours earlier, which shows the great typhoon dwarfing the island of Taiwan:Terrifying.
The typhoon is continuing to reason heavy rainfall and strong winds in Taiwan, and hundreds of thousands of homes remain without power. 
The storm is currently moving north-west towards mainland China at a speed of around 17 km/h, which presently last week had one of its most extreme floods in latest history, with more than 120 people killed.


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