Super Typhoon Meranti
Super Typhoon Meranti neared Taiwan on 13 September 2016. NASA's Aqua satellite acquired this natural-colour image the same day.
At the time, Meranti was a category 5 storm with wind speeds of roughly 160 knots (184mph).
Forecasters expect the storm to skirt the southern tip of Taiwan in the early hours of 14 September. While the eye of the storm won't hit Taiwan directly, the island will take the brunt of the right side of the storm.
Meranti is expected to lose some momentum by the time it makes landfall in China's Guangdong province on 15 September, with predicted winds of 80 knots (92 mph) and gusts up to 100 knots (115 mph).
The Taiwanese government announced that schools and offices in several municipalities in the south would be closed on Wednesday, according to The Weather Channel. The storm has already caused flight and train delays in the region.
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Credit: NASA Earth Observatory - Additional editing by the eoPortal team.