Past and forecast track of typhoon Kai-Tak on 17th August, 2012. [photo/]
Typhoon Kai-tak, which strengthened from its former tropical storm status, was spotted by a NASA satellite today (Aug. 16) as it prepares to make landfall along the China-Vietnam border.
The typhoon is currently about 155 nautical miles south of Hong Kong and is moving to the west-northwest, which is expected to take it over China’s Leizhou Bandao peninsula and northern Vietnam on Aug. 17 and 18, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).
Kai-tak’s winds currently measure about 75 mph (120 kph), which would just make it a hurricane if it were in the Atlantic basin. The JTWC, run by the U.S. Navy and Air Force, expects the storm to strengthen a bit in the next 12 hours, then weaken rapidly as it begins to interact more with land, which disrupts tropical cyclones.
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