Typhoon Damrey was passing over the Chinese island of Hainan when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image at 11:20 a.m. local time, on September 26, 2005. At the time of this MODIS observation, Damrey was winding down from its peak and would soon become a tropical storm. Damrey had sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour) near the storm’s center.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team.
Typhoon Damrey formed northeast of the Philippines on September 20 and gathered strength to become a typhoon on its way to Hong Kong, Hainan, and northern Vietnam. It is the 18th typhoon to strike China in 2005.