Super Typhoon Yutu Causes One Death and Widespread Damage

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Thursday, October 25, 2018
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One person was killed when Super Typhoon Yutu left widespread damage across the Mariana Islands.

Favorable conditions, including low wind shear and high ocean-surface temperatures, allowed Yutu to explosively intensify as it roared ashore.

Typhoon Yutu made landfall on the island of Tinian, just south of Saipan, at Category 5 intensity, with 1-minute sustained winds of 285 km/h, becoming the most powerful storm on record to impact the northern Mariana Islands.

On October 25, the system underwent a eyewall replacement cycle, causing it to weaken slightly as it continued moving westwards.

Widespread damage and power outages continue to plague the area.

The Team

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