Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 10:32am
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Super Typhoon Maria in the Pacific.CIMMS

According to the NOAA Hurricane Research Division website, a super-typhoon is a "term utilized by the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center for typhoons that reach maximum sustained 1-minute surface winds of at least 65 m/s (130 kt, 150 mph). This is the equivalent of a strong Saffir-Simpson category 4 or category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic basin or a category 5 severe tropical cyclone in the Australian basin." Super-typhoon Maria is a significant threat to parts of Asia including Japan’s Ryukyu Islands, eastern China, and Taiwan.

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