Mindanao is located in the Southern Philippine Islands and is bracing itself for Typhoon Bopha, which is being named the strongest storm ever recorded to hit the island.
She is coming in full force, as a Category 5 typhoon with max sustained winds at 160 mph.
The last devastating storm to charge the island was in 2011 when it was hit with Tropical storm Washi, which struck Dec. 16, 2011.
Washi killed 1,268 people and drenched Mindanao with torrential rains and heavy flooding. This tropical storm approached the island at 60 mph so Typhoon Bopha can be catastrophic.
Bopha is also the most southerly typhoon ever recorded, because it is difficult for storms to gain enough rotation near the equator. The last storm was Typhoon Kate back in 1970.
Bopha got her push by a large-scale atmospheric wave, called a mixed Rossby gravity wave and is now a powerhouse as she moves over the island.
Bopha continued moving toward the Philippines on December 3, 2012. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this natural-color image the same day. Over the previous day, Bopha moved west of Palau, and by December 3, storm clouds were skirting the island of Mindanao.
We will keep you updated on the latest of Mindanao and Typhoon Bopha.
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