Strong Typhoon Utor hits Philippines

Posted By KATE STANTON,  |  Aug. 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM
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Typhoon Utor, 2013's strongest tropical cyclone, made landfall on the Philippines Monday morning local time.

Though Utor started out as a so-called Super Typhoon -- with winds of up to 150 mph -- it weakened to 140 mph on Sunday.

Analysts predicted over the weekend that Utor posed a "significant threat" to Luzon, the island chain's largest land mass.

So far, as many as 7,500 people have been stranded due to ferry cancellations, while 33 fisherman have gone missing.

Meteorologists believe that Utor will drop 6 to 12 inches of rain and create waves of up to 40 feet.

You can keep up with Utor's movements over the Philippines with NOAA's satellite loop here, or check out the images below.

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