Another monster storm named Maria threatens land

Satellite image showing Super Typhoon Maria on July 8, 2018.
Infrared satellite image showing Super Typhoon Maria as a Category 5 storm over the Western Pacific on July 8, 2018. Credit: NOAA.

Super Typhoon Maria became a Category 5 storm for the second time in its history on Sunday, with maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour. The storm is over the warm waters of the Western Pacific — on a collision course with northern Taiwan, the Ryukyu Islands of Japan and coastal China early this week.

What this means: The storm is close to its maximum intensity now, but it is still projected to be a formidable Category 3 or 4 typhoon when it passes near or to the north of Taipei on July 10, before making landfall in coastal China south of Shanghai the next day.