Super Typhoon Yutu looms in Pacific

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See what Super Typhoon Yutu looks like from space. NOAA says, this is the strongest storm on record to ever hit U.S. soil and tied for the most powerful storm on earth in 2018.

With sustained winds of 178 mph as its eye passed directly over the island of Tinian on Wednesday, Super Typhoon Yutu was the strongest storm on record to ever hit a U.S. territory, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

It was also the second-strongest storm on record to ever hit any part of the U.S., trailing only the 180-mph hurricane that hit the Florida Keys in 1935, according to the Weather Underground.

Tinian is one of the Northern Marinas Islands, a U.S. commonwealth in the South Pacific Ocean near Guam.

The storm has killed one person, a 44-year-old woman who had tried to take shelter in an abandoned building that collapses, the governor’s office said.

“Tinian has been devastated by Typhoon Yutu,” the city’s mayor Joey P. San Nicolas said Thursday. “The homes, main roads have been destroyed. Our critical infrastructure has been compromised. We currently have no power and water. Our ports at this time are inaccessible and several points within the island are inaccessible.”

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