An extremely powerful storm is now churning in the western Pacific Ocean. The Typhoon Guchol rapidly strengthened Saturday afternoon into a Super Typhoon, with maximum sustained winds nearing 150 mph. The wind gusts associated with Guchol are expected to top 150 mph. This would equate to a category five type hurricane in the Atlantic Basin.
Guchol is in the Philippine Sea and the system is expected to track more northerly over the coming days. This would bring Guchol closer to more populated areas and eventually near southern Japan. This system has the potential to further strengthen through Monday, based on the ingredients in place. By Tuesday morning the system should begin to slowly weaken.
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