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The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite acquired this natural-color image of Typhoon Phanfone at 1:55 p.m. Japan Standard Time (4:55 a.m. Universal Time) on October 5, the day before making landfall.
NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Kathryn Hansen.
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The storm made landfall on October 6 and brought substantial rainfall.
Typhoon Phanfone struck Japan in October 2013.
After drenching the Philippines, the potent storm re-organized and strengthened before heading for landfall in southeastern China and Vietnam.
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The potent storm threatened many small western Pacific islands.