Super Typhoon Nepartak may be nearing peak intensity as a Category 5 equivalent tropical cyclone, and poses a dangerous threat to Taiwan, Japan’s southwest Ryukyu Islands, and eastern China. Nepartak became even stronger Wednesday, packing maximum estimated sustained winds of 175 mph as of early Wednesday morning, becoming the strongest typhoon since Super Typhoon Souldelor in August 2015.

While reconnaissance aircraft missions to precisely measure the typhoon’s intensity are not flown over the western Pacific Ocean (but will resume in 2017), the central pressure of Nepartak was estimated by the Japanese Meteorological Agency at roughly 900 millibars and by the University of Wisconsin’s Advanced Dvorak Technique at roughly 910 millibars. FULL REPORT