Stunning images and video show the twin typhoons, Goni and Atsani, as they spin over the Pacific Ocean this week. The two typhoons are said to be intensifying as they move closer to Taiwan and Japan, respectively.
According to Weather.com, Atsani has become a super typhoon. Goni may soon follow suit.
If that happens, it'll be the first time since 1997 that two super typhoons have formed in the Pacific, the Washington Post reports.
According to the U.S. military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Typhoon Goni is projected to come very close to Taiwan on Sunday, potentially dumping torrential rains on the island nation.
Taiwan is still reeling from the impact of the deadly Super Typhoon Soudelor, which made landfall in the country earlier this month.
Goni may also impact the northern Philippines, Japan’s Ryukyu Islands, and the Korean Peninsula.
The path of Typhoon Atsani is less clear. According to Weather.com, the typhoon may pose a threat to mainland Japan early next week.
Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui, who is aboard the International Space Station, shared a photograph of Atsani from his sky-high vantage point this week, and expressed his concern for the “people on the Earth.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration shared video of Typhoon Goni on Facebook Tuesday:
Japan’s Himawari-8 satellite has also captured images of the twin typhoons.
The National Weather Service has been issuing updates on the two storms.
For more on Goni and Atsani, visit the website of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the gender of Kimiya Yui.
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