Greensboro, NC -- What is equivalent to a Category 5 Hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean, Super Typhoon Usagi reached record breaking strength Thursday in the western Pacific.
After rapidly strengthening Thursday Usagi became the strongest storm on Earth in 2013 with sustained winds of 160 mph and gusts near 180 mph. If that wasn't impressive enough, the storm was also estimated to have had an incredibly low pressure of 882 millibars, which ties the record with Wilma (2005) as the most intense storm on Earth since records have been kept.
The storm was also estimated to have a diameter of around 620 miles while producing waves as high as 48 ft.
The storm weakened slightly on Friday as it's eye passed just south of Taiwan. Friday afternoon winds has decreased to 150 mph.
Next in the path of this monster storm is Hong Kong, China and the timing couldn't be worse. The storm is currently forecast to make a direct hit on Hong Kong Sunday while they celebrate their huge annual Autumn Festival. This Autumn Festival is compared to Thanksgiving in New York City and the Macy's Day Parade.
Even though the storm is forecast to weaken with winds of 100 mph before it makes landfall, a direct blow by a storm of this size can still produce catastrophic storm surge.
Stay tuned to WFMY News 2 for more updates as this storm bears down on China.
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