Typhoon Sepat underwent rapid intensification this afternoon and according to the unoffical Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) it has now attained supertyphoon status with sustained winds of 150mph.
At 8am this morning (Wednesday) Taiwan time, the centre of typhoon Sepat was 518 miles east of Manila. The storm is currently moving north west at 7mph
The Japanese Meteorological Agency and JTWC both forecast a strike on Taiwan on the 18th August as a category 4 storm.
I will travel to Taiwan tomorrow to attempt to intercept the eye of typhoon Sepat and provide updates to NowPublic as this situation develops.
More updates to come....
Photo courtesy of NWS Guam - http://www.goes.noaa.gov/guam/GUAMIR.JPG