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Satellite loop showing Super Typhoon Jebi in the western Pacific Ocean on August 31, 2018. Data: CIRA / RAMMB; Gif: Harry Stevens/Axios

Super Typhoon Jebi reached a rarely achieved intensity on Friday, becoming the strongest storm so far this year. Based on satellite estimates, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 175 miles per hour, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

The big picture: The storm, which reached Category 5 intensity Thursday, is spinning well northwest of Guam and is forecast to eventually curve gradually northward over time, making landfall on September 3 or 4 in Japan as a Category 2 or 3 storm.

According to Weather Channel meteorologist Jonathan Erdman, based on both estimated wind speed and surface pressure, Super Typhoon Jebi beats all other storms so far this year, including Super Typhoon Maria, which peaked at 160-mile per hour winds, and Cyclone Marcus, which peaked off West Australia in late March.

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Once the storm curves north of Japan, it could impart enough energy to the North Pacific jet stream to alter the weather pattern across thousands of miles, all the way to the United States.

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Chris Cuomo accuser: On-air "hypocrisy" spurred report

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A woman who accused fired CNN journalist Chris Cuomo of sexual misconduct said Sunday she decided to come forward after learning of his comments about women who made similar accusations about his brother. He denies her allegations.

Why it matters: Her attorney Debra Katz said in a statement that she heard "the hypocrisy" of his on-air words about his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and was "disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women," so "retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN."

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Omicron dashboard

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  1. Health: CDC director says number of U.S. Omicron cases "likely to rise" — Two years of COVID-19 — Prior coronavirus infections may not protect well against Omicron.
  2. Vaccines: Data demonstrates most-vaccinated counties less vulnerable to worst of COVID — Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world — Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters.
  3. Politics: Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers — New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy — Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate.
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Vulnerable Democrats: Less Trump talk

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Vulnerable House Democrats are convinced they need to talk less about the man who helped them get elected: President Trump.

Why it matters: Democrats are privately concerned nationalizing the 2022 mid-terms with emotionally-charged issues — from Critical Race Theory to Donald Trump's role in the Jan. 6 insurrection — will hamstring their ability to sell the local benefits of President Biden's Build Back Better agenda.