Super Typhoon Meranti takes aim on Taiwan, China
Clocking wind speeds of 185 mph, Super Typhoon Meranti, now the Earth's strongest storm of the year, is forecast to graze Taiwan on Wednesday before barreling into China.
The monster storm is the strongest recorded since 2013, when Super Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 6,000 people in the Philippines.
Meranti prompted Taiwan officials to evacuate nearly 1,800 tourists from offshore islands and close some schools and offices.
The storm produced gusts of 225 mph Tuesday morning, along with waves around 48 feet, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center said.
Though predicted to weaken as it approaches land, Meranti is still expected to bring flooding rain, damaging winds and dangerous storm surge to Taiwan...
As of Tuesday morning U.S. time, the typhoon recorded 185-mph winds for 18 straight hours, a feat only matched by two other typhoons since 1970, according to meteorologist Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University