This Satellite Image Shows Just How Massive Typhoon Tisoy Is

Stay safe, everyone!

( Typhoon Tisoy, international name Kammuri, hit Philippine shores on the evening of December 2. With it came strong winds and heavy rains, raising the signal level up to number 3 in most of Luzon and Visayas. Classes and work were suspended for the day, and people are still on high alert for any dangers the typhoon might bring—with special thanks to the warnings from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (they're for your own good, people!).

In the midst of everything happening on ground, the Filipino-made Diwata-2 microsatellite has captured a pretty impressive-slash-terrifying sight: Typhoon Tisoy from above. 


Staring right back at you is the eye of Typhoon Tisoy. According to the Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite Program, the image was taken by Diwata-2's Wide Field Camera in the early afternoon of December 2, when the eye was around 200 kilometers away from Gubat, Sorsogon. It's hard to imagine the Bicol region underneath the swirling clouds, but the storm eventually made its way to land at around 11 p.m. on the same day. 

At the time of capture, the storm had clocked in winds of up to 150 kilometers per hour; the latest update from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration as of 1 p.m. on December 3 states that maximum winds clocked in at 140 kilometers per hour. Typhoon Tisoy is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on December 5. Until then, take note of all the safety precautions and stay safe!

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