Super Typhoon Hagupit Threatens Philippines
Super Typhoon Hagupit is threatening the Philippines a little over a year after deadly Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the island nation in November 2013. Hagupit was weakening slightly from peak wind speeds of 155 kts (178 mph) when the GPM core observatory satellite passed over on December 4, 2014 at 2304 UTC in the image shown above.
Hagupit had winds of about 125 kts (144 mph) when viewed by the TRMM satellite on December 5, 2014 at 0308 UTC in the image shown below. Rainfall data from these satellites are shown overlaid on daylight views from the MTSAT-2 satellite captured at close to the same times. A large area of moderate to heavy rainfall was found around super typhoon Hagupit. Rain was measured by the GPM Microwave Imager (GMI) instrument with the most extreme rate of almost 100.9 mm (amost 4 inches) per hour shown in powerful storms on the southern side of Hagupit's eye.
Hagupit is predicted by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) to move toward the west-northwest and batter the central Philippines tomorrow with winds of about 120 kts (138 mph).