After raking across the Philippines on October 18, 2010,
Typhoon Megi re-emerged over the South China Sea and began to intensify
again. By the time the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
satellite acquired this image at 1:30 p.m. local time (5:30 UTC) on October
20, 2010, the storm had again reached Category 4 status. The storm is sprawling,
covering much of the South China Sea in this image. At the time, Megi had
winds of 210 kilometers per hour (115 knots or 130 miles per hour) and
was gradually weakening. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast that
Typhoon Megi would move ashore over south China late on October 22 or early
on October 23.
The large image provided here is the highest-resolution
version of the image. The image is available in additional
resolutions from the MODIS Rapid Response Team.