Super Typhoon Meranti will hold on to its intensity over next couple of days before pounding Taiwan with flooding rain, damaging winds and dangerous storm surge on Wednesday. Meranti, currently equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, reached super typhoon status on Monday afternoon local time. A super typhoon is classified when sustained wind speeds hit at least 240 km/h (150 mph).

“Meranti will be traveling through an environment with low wind shear and very warm ocean water which is favorable for holding on to this strength,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty said. Damaging winds, torrential rain and mudslides will threaten Taiwan early Wednesday morning into Thursday as Meranti approaches and eventually tracks just to the south of the country. READ MORE