Typhoon Maysak is currently moving towards the Philippines and expected to reach land on the weekend. Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has captured a photo of the storm, which is shown above, from the International Space Station (ISS). From the ISS, the astronauts can see how powerful this storm is, which has devastated the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), an independent sovereign island nation, killing five people.
Cristoforetti captured the photos when the ISS was across the Pacific. She then uploaded the photos to her Facebook page. NASA astronaut Terry W. Virts who is in the ISS tweeted, “Looking down into the eye – by far the widest one I’ve seen. It seemed like a black hole from a sci-fi movie.” Meanwhile, officials in the FSM, which consists of 607 small islands scattered in the area of 1,600 miles, explained they were still collecting information of the storm damage.
Now the typhoon is moving across the Pacific Northwest heading to the Philippines. On the Easter holiday this weekend, the storm is expected to reach the land area of a sovereign island country in the Southeast Asia. According to the forecast of meteorologists in Guam, this storm remains in the super typhoon category. Once it reaches the mainland, it is estimated that the strength will decrease to the second category, which is equal to the speed of about 110 mph (176 km/h).