Super typhoon Vongfong heads for Japan

NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this view of Super Typhoon Vongfong in the Philippine Sea.

NASA has released this dramatic image of the most powerful storm on Earth so far this year, Super Typhoon Vongfong, which is bearing down on the Japanese island of Okinawa and is expected to hit mainland Japan sometime over the weekend.

The NASA images show a perfectly formed eye, 40 kilometres across, surrounded by a giant swirling disc of cloud, northeast of the Philippines.

The slowly-moving storm has winds in excess of 330 kph. It is expected to dump 48 centimetres of rain on Okinawa on Saturday.

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