The spectacular video recorded from orbit shows a small but distinguishable eye of a category 5 super storm, packing sustained winds of up to 218 mph on its way to Taiwan on August 4. The strongest tropical cyclone on earth so far this year looks like a peaceful foam lather from space, but on the ground, it was a harbinger of extermination.
All flights were canceled as the storm brought down power lines and trees, blocking roads and causing flooding. Landslide-prone areas and valleys were placed on high alert.
More than 35,000 military personnel were deployed to evacuate people across the island. The nation received between 10 and 15 inches (25.4 to 38.1 centimeters) of rain, with 40 inches (101cm) of rain descending on Taipingshan national forest in Yilan County over two days.
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