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Powerful Philippines Typhoon Spotted From Space As 1 Million Flee Homes

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Posted December 8, 2014

As a million people fled their homes in the Philippines, astronauts on the International Space Station could clearly see the cause of the disruption — Typhoon Hagupit, which struck the chain of Asian islands this weekend.

Typhoon Hagupit seen from the International Space Station on Dec. 6, 2014. Credit: Terry Virts/Twitter

Typhoon Hagupit seen from the International Space Station on Dec. 6, 2014. Credit: Terry Virts/Twitter

“This storm looks incredibly dangerous — praying for the people of the Philippines,” wrote Expedition 42 astronaut Terry Virts in one of a series of pictures he tweeted from space yesterday (Dec. 6). Three deaths have been reported in media so far in the Philippines due to the storm.

While the Guardian said the typhoon is the biggest to hit the area this year, reports say it’s not as big as Super-Typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands last year. Winds from Hagupit were reported at 106 miles per hour (170 kilometers per hour) in the central Philippines. The BBC says that the Red Cross is now trying to reach the affected areas to give aid.

The Category 3 storm is called “Ruby” among the locals. As always, weather agencies around the world are providing forecasts as they can through satellite imagery.

Source: Universe Today, written by Elizabeth Howell

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