Typhoon Yutu Hits Northern Mariana Islands as Strongest Storm in 68 Years

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Super Typhoon Yutu battered the Pacific Ocean’s Northern Mariana Islands with 178 mile (286 kilometers) per hour winds, making it the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory since 1950.

The storm’s eye crossed directly over the island of Tinian, while its outer edge scraped Saipan, meaning both islands felt the brunt of Yutu’s fury. Up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain will fall, with some places getting as much as 8 inches, said Jason Nicholls, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc.
Bach There will be a lot of damage,, said Phil Klotzbach, a storm researcher at Colorado State University. The Northern Mariana Islands said its population was not hit 50,000, about 1,600 miles east of the Philippines, and since the 1950s the category 5 storm was not hit directly.

Seven super typhoons caused damage in the western Pacific this year. Yutu is bound to be the most powerful together with Super Typhoon Manghkut, who killed the scores of people in the Philippines before approaching Hong Kong in September.

According to the estimators, it is unclear where Yutu is headed. According to a five-day forecast from the US Common Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii, it can go to Taiwan. Other models suggest they can evaluate elsewhere. Nicholls may also weaken or pause when the storm encounters other air systems.

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