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12-10-04, 23:00
With sustained winds of 184 knots (160 mph) and gusts of up to 212 knots (1 knot = 1.15 mph), Super Typhoon Ma-On was whirling due south of Japan on October 8, 2004. The eye of the storm was located about 1,000 km (621 miles) southwest of Tokyo and was moving north-northeastward at about 28 knots. As the waters south of Japan are currently warmer than average, Ma-On may not weaken much as it approaches Japan, making it an extremely dangerous storm.

Given its trajectory at the time this image was acquired, forecasts suggested that Ma-On would make landfall somewhere between Kyoto and Tokyo within the next 48 hours. As Ma-On passed over mountains in the central part of the island, there would likely be extremely heavy precipitation in various places with the potential for flash flooding and mudslides.

Indeed, Ma-On struck the Tokyo region on Sunday, October 10th, and was responsible for at least six deaths. Ma-On was the ninth typhoon to directly hit Japan this season, and the second in two weeks. 2,400 residents were evacuated from their homes while the storm dumped up to 2.7 inches of rain in an hour, flooded parts of central Tokyo, and caused mudslides all over the island.