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Official blog of the Met Office news team

The western North Pacific has had a quieter than average typhoon season so far with only five tropical storms attaining typhoon status (winds of 74 mph or greater). However, the latest storm which formed over the weekend, named Meranti, has rapidly developed into an intense typhoon.

Typhoon Meranti in the western North Pacific on 12 September 2016 (credit: NOAA) Typhoon Meranti in the western North Pacific on 12 September 2016 (credit: NOAA)

Meranti is currently located to the east of the Philippines and is moving west-north-west. Winds averaged over 1-minute are estimated to be near 180 mph making Meranti equivalent to a category 5 hurricane. Globally, it is just the fourth tropical cyclone to reached category 5 this year.

There is some uncertainty in the forecast track at present. The official warning agency for the region, the Japan Meteorological Agency, expects the centre of the typhoon to pass through the Luzon Strait between the Philippines and Taiwan as shown in the forecast chart…

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