Asia was bracing for itself Wednesday as satellite images and videos revealed the sheer scale of a trio of typhoons heading west across the Pacific Ocean this week. The first one – Linfa – has already made landfall in the Philippines and is on its way to Hong Kong.
Tropical storm Linfa:
The real threat, however, comes from the second of the three typhoons – Typhoon Chan-hom. Seen churning over the pacific in the video below, the massive typhoon is expected to strengthen as the week continues, passing perilously close to Taiwan and most likely making landfall in northern China.
Not only is Chan-hom powerful, it’s big, spanning 77,000 square miles, with its massive cloud field covering 735,000 square miles – bigger than Alaska! It’s expected to rise to Category 4 as it hits warmer waters, packing winds of 135mph.
The last of the three, Typhoon Nangka, is even more powerful with winds expected to rise to 160mph. At this stage it is not tracking towards land.
— Scott Bachmeier (@CIMSS_Satellite) July 7, 2015