Super Typhoon Meranti swallowed a tiny Philippine island within its eye

Itbayat Island, Philippines saw within the eye of Super Typhoon Meranti.

Image: CIMSS through Stu Ostro/Twitter

At simply 32 square miles in location, the island of Itbayat in the Philippines provides a little target for enormous storms to strike. Early on Wednesday early morning, regional time, Super Typhoon Meranti showed that being a little target in a huge sea does not provide security from the worst storms.

Super Typhoon Meranti the greatest storm in the world in 2016 up until now swallowed Itbayat entire within its spacious eye.

This suggests the island took a relentless hit from 2 sides of the storm’s eyewall, where its most extreme winds and a few of the heaviest rains lie.

At one point, in an image that was shared commonly on social networks, the whole island fit within the storm’s dead calm eye, surrounded by a relentless wall of thunderstorms consisting of wind gusts higher than 215 miles per hour.

The island is technically the very first landfall point for Super Typhoon Meranti (called “Ferdie” in the Philippines), which is anticipated to swipe southern Taiwan throughout much of the day Wednesday, regional time, prior to making a 2nd landfall in China, in between Shantou and Xiamen.

Here’s a broader view of the big storm:

Image: Colorado State University

The storm is enormous, making the island’s circumstance even more uncommon.

In the satellite image listed below, an arrow indicate the center of the eye, where the island injury up.

Image: Colorado State University

Because of most likely storm damage to the sporadic facilities on the island, in addition to ongoing windy and rainy conditions, it might be at least a day prior to the fate of the almost 3,000 homeowners of Itbayat is understood.

From there, the storm is most likely to bring cyclone force conditions in southern Taiwan, consisting of Khaesong City, which is the second-largest city on the island.