As Taiwan prepares for the strongest typhoon so far in 2015, the Weather Channel has posted some powerful satellite images of it. The satellite images from NASA provided by the channel show the typhoon as it gathered strength and battered Saipan with heavy wind before making its way to Taiwan.
Although it’s no longer at super typhoon status, it’s by no means a diminished threat. It’s already knocked out power and the roads in Saipan. The damage overpowered the island’s only power plant, and it might not be restored for months. Hundreds of residents are in shelters.
The Weather Channel reported a state of emergency in Saipan, noting that while the typhoon didn’t cause the damage of the infamous Pongsona one, it still inflicted serious damage. The island of Guam sent 10 generators, and the residents of Saipan began to ration gasoline. Guam itself got heavy rain and high wind but was north of the main path. Taiwan has already evacuated 2,600 people and stored up weather emergency supplies of food and water.
The Weather Channel has been tracking the typhoon since its start and has estimated that it will hit Taiwan on Saturday, after hitting the Ryukyu Islands on Friday. The typhoon is expected to then head to southeast China before dissipating inland. The Weather Channel also provided a feed from the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau and advised those wishing to learn more about the storm to stay tuned to the channel or their weather.com site. The Weather Channel’s site provides maps and satellite images of any storm that are constantly updated.
Not to be satisfied with merely reporting the details, the Weather Channel has also provided a guide for severe weather plans. The channel covers plans for both home and severe weather at outdoor events. The Weather Channel gives examples of recent severe weather at outdoor events, from 60 mile per hour winds that knocked down tents and killed two in Lancaster, New Hampshire, to the recent mass evacuation at the Chicago Lollapalooza festival. It also directs users to the Weather Channel app that will indicate if inclement weather, even if it’s just rain, is approaching. The Weather Channel report says that even if you don’t have a smartphone, you can still prepare and advises you to look for a severe weather shelter as soon as you get to an outdoor event. For those who prefer a more low-tech approach, NOAA Weather radios carry multiple channels that can warn of severe weather and are easily battery-powered.
Wherever you are, stay safe this summer, and whether you go for the Weather Channel smartphone app or simply tune to the NOAA Weather channel station of your choice, keep an eye on the weather.
[Image via The Weather Channel/NOAA/NASA RAMMB/CIRA]