Super Typhoon Nepartak is one of the strongest storms of the year and its expected to hit Taiwan early Friday morning (local time) before making landfall in China. Nepartak, which means "warrior" in Micronesian, is the third storm this year to reach a Category 5 level. Amazingly, wind gusts inside the typhoon have been recorded as high as 201 mph.
Landfall in Taiwan will greatly weaken Nepartak as it moves in on the port of Hualien County. Wind gusts up to 167 mph and rainfall of up to 20 inches is expected in this region. This typhoon may be the strongest to make landfall on the island in 45 years.
**A National University of Taiwan buoy sampled the eye of Nepartak Thursday night, local time, measuring a peak wind gust of 153 mph and a minimum pressure of 897 millibars. It is rare for any surface observing system to measure such an extreme wind & low pressure without being shredded apart.**
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