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Super Typhoon Yutu Seven super typhoons have wreaked havoc in the western Pacific this year. (Source: NOAA)

Super Typhoon Yutu battered the Pacific Ocean’s Northern Mariana Islands with 178 mile (286 kilometers) per hour winds, making it the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory since 1950.

The storm’s eye crossed directly over the island of Tinian, while its outer edge scraped Saipan, meaning both islands felt the brunt of Yutu’s fury. Up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain will fall, with some places getting as much as 8 inches, said Jason Nicholls, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc.

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