A cyclone gusting winds up to 350km/h is surging toward Taiwan

Typhoon Meranti

Typhoon Meranti is a scary, powerful storm. And it’s about to crash into Taiwan.

A Category-5 tropical cyclone with sustained winds as fast as 185 miles-per-hour and gusts reaching 225 mph (350km/h), Meranti poses a serious danger to the island nation and Southeastern China. It’s expected to make landfall Thursday.

Meranti’s sustained winds put it on a short list of the fastest typhoons and hurricanes ever recorded.

(“Typhoon” and “hurricane” are two names for the same thing: a tropical cyclone. Broadly speaking, cyclones around the Americas get called hurricanes, and cyclones around Asia get called typhoons.) 

Just six named storms ever have reached 185 mph sustained winds: Hurricanes Wilma (2005), Linda (1997), and Gilbert (1988), and Typhoons Haiyan (2013) and Tip (1979). A seventh unnamed Atlantic hurricane in 1935 reached similar speeds.

Only two storms have blown faster: Hurricanes Patricia (2015; 215 mph) and Allen (1980; 190 mph).

Here’s what Meranti looks like from space:

And the path it’s projected to take:

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