A jaw-dropping photo taken from an airplane captures the ferocious typhoon that wreaked havoc across Vietnam last autumn and caused more than 60 deaths.
The fear-inducing aerial image was taken by John Su, 48, from Taiwan, while he was on a flight with China Airlines on November 4.
He said he was shocked to see the eye of the storm when he looked out of the window from his plane seat, with the menacing whirlpool looking more like a black hole in space.
The artificial intelligence engineer said: ‘The black center and very solid eye wall means this was a very powerful storm.
‘I always carry my camera with me when I fly and I always choose the window seat to see if I can catch something special!’
Typhoons regularly lash southeast Asia during monsoon season – October to December – with the violent storms originating in the Pacific Ocean before moving west.
The weather phenomenon is caused by a combination of warm water, light winds, and humidity.
If the right conditions persist long enough, they can combine to produce violent winds, pounding waves, torrential rains, and floods.
A slew of tropical storms hit Vietnam hard towards the end of last year because of a cyclical trans-Pacific Ocean weather shift and westerly winds.
In November, Typhoon Damrey, known in the Philippines as Severe Tropical Storm Ramil, brought downpours and floods that blighted Vietnam’s south-central coast.
It was the strongest typhoon to strike the region since 2001’s Typhoon Lingling.
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