Category 5 Super Typhoon Meranti is strongest storm of 2016 season

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Churning the waters of the Northwest Pacific is the strongest tropical cyclone of the 2016 Northern Hemisphere season: Super Typhoon Meranti. 
The storm, which according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center had maximum sustained winds of 155 knots, or nearly 180 miles per hour, as of Monday morning eastern time, has southern Taiwan and coastal China in its sights for the middle of the week. 
Thankfully, though, it may be reaching its maximum potential intensity far from land.
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Super Typhoon Meranti is the seventh category 4 or 5 storm to form during the Northern Hemisphere’s 2016 storm season, but beat Super Typhoon Nepartak in terms of its estimated maximum sustained winds.  Read more…More about Super Typoon, Super Typhoon Meranti, Us World, and Climate

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