Super typhoon Vongfong, the strongest storm of 2014, is barreling across Pacific towards Japan

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Super typhoon Vongfong, the strongest storm of 2014, is barreling across Pacific towards Japan
High waves batter a breakwater at a port of Kawaminami town in Miyazaki prefecture, Japan's southern island of Kyushu on October 13, 2014. Powerful typhoon Vongfong barreled into Japan, with at least one person missing and dozens injured. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
High waves surge toward a port of Kawaminami town in Miyazaki prefecture, Japan's southern island of Kyushu on October 13, 2014, while fishing boats evacuate in the port. Powerful typhoon Vongfong barreled into Japan, with at least one person missing and dozens injured. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
Roadside trees are blown by strong winds in Miyazaki, Japan's southern island of Kyushu on October 12, 2014. Powerful Typhoon Vongfong was churning towards Japan's main islands after strong winds and heavy rain left 23 injured in the south. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
NAHA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 11: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) A man walks in the heavy rain and strong wind triggered by Typhoon Vongfong on October 11, 2014 in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Thirty people were injured in southwestern Japan as an extremely powerful typhoon packing strong winds and heavy rain lashed the region before sweeping north toward the Japanese archipelago. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned against torrential rain, windstorms and tidal waves as the typhoon is expected to pick up speed and sweep through western and eastern Japan on October 14. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
High waves batter a breakwater in Miyazaki, Japan's southern island of Kyushu on October 12, 2014. Powerful Typhoon Vongfong was churning towards Japan's main islands after strong winds and heavy rain left 23 injured in the south. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
MAKURAZAKI, JAPAN - OCTOBER 12: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) High waves triggered by the typhoon Vongfong hits breakwater on October 12, 2014 in Makurazaki, Kagoshima, Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned against torrential rain, windstorms and tidal waves as the typhoon is expected to pick up speed and sweep through western and eastern Japan on October 14. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
OKINAWA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 12: Heavy winds from Typhoon Vongfong toppled trees which brought down power lines and caused power outages on October 12, 2014 in Okinawa, Japan. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Vongfong surpassed Genevieve for the most intense western Pacific typhoon of 2014 by estimated central pressure (900 millibars) on October 7. On the JMA typhoon intensity scale, Vongfong is the third 'violent typhoon' of 2014, following Genevieve and Halong. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKINAWA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 12: Typhoon Vongfong caused high waves that breached seawalls carrying ocean debris into the streets on October 12, 2014 in Okinawa, Japan. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Vongfong surpassed Genevieve for the most intense western Pacific typhoon of 2014 by estimated central pressure (900 millibars) on October 7. On the JMA typhoon intensity scale, Vongfong is the third 'violent typhoon' of 2014, following Genevieve and Halong. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKINAWA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 12: Typhoon Vongfong caused high waves that breached seawalls carrying ocean debris into the streets on October 12, 2014 in Okinawa, Japan. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Vongfong surpassed Genevieve for the most intense western Pacific typhoon of 2014 by estimated central pressure (900 millibars) on October 7. On the JMA typhoon intensity scale, Vongfong is the third 'violent typhoon' of 2014, following Genevieve and Halong. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
KOCHI, JAPAN - OCTOBER 12: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) High waves triggered by the typhoon Vongfong hits a pier at Haruno Fish Port on October 12, 2014 in Kochi, Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned against torrential rain, windstorms and tidal waves as the typhoon is expected to pick up speed and sweep through western and eastern Japan on October 14. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
Roadside trees are blown by strong winds at Kagoshima, Japan's southern island of Kyushu on October 13, 2014. Powerful typhoon Vongfong barreled into Japan, with at least one person missing and dozens injured. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
HIMEJI, JAPAN - OCTOBER 13: A man stands road as controls traffic in the strong wind and rain delivered by Typhoon Vongfong on October 13, 2014 in Himeji, Japan. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Vongfong surpassed Genevieve for the most intense western Pacific typhoon of 2014 by estimated central pressure of 970 hectopascals at its center and packing winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour. Local media reported at least 44 people were injured in typhoon-related accidents, while Japanese airlines cancelled at least 329 flights. JMA has issued the high aleart for heavy rainfall as well as strong winds and waves. Over 80 people deaths following three previous typhoons and torrential rain in Japan this year (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
OKINAWA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 12: Heavy winds from Typhoon Vongfong toppled trees which brought down power lines and caused power outages on October 12, 2014 in Okinawa, Japan. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Vongfong surpassed Genevieve for the most intense western Pacific typhoon of 2014 by estimated central pressure (900 millibars) on October 7. On the JMA typhoon intensity scale, Vongfong is the third 'violent typhoon' of 2014, following Genevieve and Halong. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
High waves batter a breakwater in Miyazaki, Japan's southern island of Kyushu on October 12, 2014. Powerful Typhoon Vongfong was churning towards Japan's main islands after strong winds and heavy rain left 23 injured in the south. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
OKINAWA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 12: Heavy winds from Typhoon Vongfong toppled trees disrupting traffic on October 12, 2014 in Okinawa, Japan. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Vongfong surpassed Genevieve for the most intense western Pacific typhoon of 2014 by estimated central pressure (900 millibars) on October 7. On the JMA typhoon intensity scale, Vongfong is the third 'violent typhoon' of 2014, following Genevieve and Halong. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
This image provided by NOAA from the high resolution imagery from the VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite showing a highly detailed view of the eye of Super Typhoon Vongfong as it moves north towards Japan taken Oct. 8, 2014 at 11:55 p.m. EDT, satellite estimates indicate that the eye is approximately 50 miles wide (80 km). At 11 p.m. EDT Oct. 9, 2014 Vongfong is approximately 325 miles south-southeast of Okinawa moving North at 8 mph. Maximun sustained winds are 145 mph. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center predicts landfall around Oct. 12, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. EDT near Sasebo, Japan. (AP Photo/NASA/NOAA)
OKINAWA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 12: Typhoon Vongfong lead to many road closures including the main toll highway on October 12, 2014 in Okinawa, Japan. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Vongfong surpassed Genevieve for the most intense western Pacific typhoon of 2014 by estimated central pressure (900 millibars) on October 7. On the JMA typhoon intensity scale, Vongfong is the third 'violent typhoon' of 2014, following Genevieve and Halong. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
NOAA satellite loop of Super Typhoon Vongfong taken on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 7, 2014.
NASA satellite photo of Super Typhoon Vongfong taken on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 7, 2014. (Image courtesy: NOAA/NASA)

Wide view of west Pacific Ocean showing a NOAA satellite loop of Super Typhoon Vongfong taken on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 7, 2014.

NASA's Aqua satellite gathered infrared data on Super typhoon Vongfong on Oct. 7 at 0429 UTC (12:29 a.m. EDT) reading cloud top temperatures. Strongest storms, coldest cloud tops appear in (purple). (Image courtesy: NASA)
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By RYAN GORMAN

A super typhoon with sustained winds of about 180 mph is barreling towards Japan.

Vongfong, by far the year's strongest tropical storm, is equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane and expected to strengthen further before slamming into Japan by this coming weekend.

"It's safe to say Vongfong is the strongest storm on earth since Haiyan last year," said Weather Channel storm specialist Michael Lowry.

Haiyan killed more than 6,000 people after barreling through the Philippines in November.

The terrifying storm rolled over Rota, a remote island about 45 miles north of Guam, and left 70 percent of the island without power, according to Guam PDN.

There were surprisingly no injuries or deaths from the direct hit.
"It's a blessing we have no injury, but there were minor structural damage," Rota Mayor Melchor Mendiola told the paper.

Currently steaming west, the storm is expected by forecasters to turn sharply towards the north and make a beeline for Kagoshima Prefecture, in southern Japan.

Vongfong is expected to significantly weaken to only a Category 2 storm as it passes over cooler water before it makes landfall north of Okinawa.

It will be the second typhoon to hit eastern Japan in only one week.

Typhoon Phanfone steamed into the country Sunday night into Monday morning. It flooded metropolitan Tokyo under feet of water, claimed multiple lives and caused a devastating accident during a Grand Prix race.

Three U.S. servicemen taking pictures of 15-foot waves near Kadena Air Base, in Okinawa, were swept out to sea. Seven other people were killed, including one person in a mudslide at a Buddhist monastery in Yokohoma, just south of Tokyo, Asahi Shimbun reported.

Dozens of others were injured, according to reports.

Though strong, Vongfong appears to not be headed for heavily populated northern and central areas of Japan.

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