Satellite image shows Typhoon Noru hitting the Philippines

Typhoon Noru slammed into the Philippines over the weekend, causing flooding and damage after rapidly intensifying. A satellite image shows the typhoon ravaging the archipelago.

NASA Earth Observatory shared the image of Typhoon Noru, known locally as Typhoon Karding, as Tuesday’s Picture of the Day. The image, captured by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite, shows Typhoon Noru over the Philippines on September 25, just hours after it made landfall.

According to the agency, the purple areas are the “cooler cloud structures,” while the white clouds are “generally” the tallest. The yellow parts in the image, on the other hand, indicate the warm surfaces underneath.

On Sept. 24, Typhoon Noru had winds of 50 miles (80 km) per hour, the agency said. But that had increased to 155 miles (250 km) per hour by the next day. By the time it made landfall, the typhoon was already “equivalent” to a Category 4 storm.

As the agency explained, a wind increase of “at least 55 km (35 miles) per hour” within 24 hours is defined as “rapid intensification”. This means that the speed at which Typhoon Noru accelerated was actually quite strong.

“Meteorologists have recorded only a handful of storms that have ever intensified so quickly,” the agency said.

The force of the typhoon and the resulting flooding can be seen in the video below.

The typhoon caused millions of dollars in agricultural damage and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. Power cuts and communication problems were also reported, while about 2,800 people were stranded in seaports.

Five rescuers also reportedly died in Bulacan province after a wall collapsed next to them, sending them into the torrent of floodwaters.

Typhoon Noru left the Philippine area of ​​responsibility, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) bulletin of the country’s Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Monday. However, rain and “occasional gusts approaching a strong breeze” are still expected in certain parts of the country.

While Typhoon Noru weakened slightly as it passed the mountains of Luzon, experts predict it would strengthen again as it made its way across the South China Sea, according to NASA Earth Observatory. This live satellite view follows the storm as it makes its way into Vietnam.

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