Image of the day: the eye of Super Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan. Image: NOAA.

This satellite image of the eye of Super Typhoon Haiyan — believed to be the strongest typhoon to make landfall in recorded history — was captured over the Philippines in the early hours of yesterday by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The Category 5 storm extends beyond the borders of the image.

The typhoon, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, has battered the archipelago for the past two days with winds of up to 155mph. At least four people are known to have died as a result of the storm.

Stronger storms were recorded in the 1950s and 1960s, but according to Dr Jeff Masters of Weather Underground, researchers now believe that the maximum sustained winds for these storms were overestimated.

Haiyan, which has weakened to a Category 4 storm, is expected to hit Vietnam over the weekend.