Click on the image above to watch an animation of infrared satellite images showing the storm barreling ashore. It was the strongest storm to hit southern China in 41 years.
Here’s a spectacular closer view:
The eye of the storm is clear and well defined as it approaches and crosses the very northern tip of Hainan Island. From there the storm made landfall on the mainland just to the north.
As I write this post on Friday evening (MDT in the U.S.), Rammasun is out over the Beibu Gulf and headed for another landfall, probably along China’s border with Vietnam. (For a map of it’s projected track, click here)
Before hitting China, the storm swept across the Philippines, killing 12 people. Its center came within 40 miles of Manilla, the Philippine capitol. With winds of 105 miles per hour, it was one of the strongest ever to affect the city, according to Jeff Masters, chief meteorologist for the Weather Underground.