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Super Typhoon Maysak Nears Philippines as Category 5 Storm

Image: Super Typhoon Maysak Nears Philippines as Category 5 Storm
Super Typhoon Maysak is seen tracking west-northwestward through the western Pacific Ocean, northwest of Yap Island in this image taken by the Suomi NPP satellite's VIIRS instrument around 04:25GMT (00:25 ET) April 1, 2015. (NOAA/Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Wednesday, 01 Apr 2015 08:17 AM

Super Typhoon Maysak set its sights on the northern portion of the Philippines, quickly jumping to a Category 5 storm after leveling the island of Chuuk State in Micronesia on Sunday where five were killed and 95 percent of the homes were destroyed.

Maysak became one of the strongest cyclones this early in the year as it plowed into several Micronesian islands on its way to the Philippines, according to Scott Leister of AccuWeather.com.

Maysak is close to top intensity with sustained winds of 180 miles per hour and gusts of 220 miles per hour. The storm, though, is expected to weaken as it gets closer to the Philippines over the next several days, but will still pack a huge punch.

Maysak was a Category 2 typhoon on Sunday with sustained winds of 100 miles per hour, according to Jeff Masters of the Weather Underground. He said the storm is another sign of a record start of the typhoon season in the western Pacific Ocean.

"Maysak is the fourth named storm so far in 2015 in the Western Pacific, and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center database shows only one other year since 1945 with more named storms that formed during the first three months of the year –1965, when there were five named storms," said Masters.

"Maysak is already the third typhoon of the year, setting a record for the most typhoons so early in the year. The previous record for early season typhoons (during January, February, and March) was two, set in 2005, 1979, and 1955."

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Super typhoon Maysak set its sights on the northern portion of the Philippines, quickly jumping to a Category 5 storm after leveling the island of Chuuk State in Micronesia on Sunday where five were killed and 95 percent of the homes were destroyed.
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