Vongfong, Most Powerful Typhoon of 2014, Tracks Toward Japan

PHOTO: Super Typhoon Vongfong is pictured by a NOAA satellite on Oct. 7, 2014.NOAA
Super Typhoon Vongfong is pictured by a NOAA satellite on Oct. 7, 2014.

Super Typhoon Vongfong, currently tracking towards Japan, is being called the most powerful storm on earth this year. It underwent rapid intensification last night and is now packing maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. The storm comes just after the deadly Typhoon Phanfone made landfall in Japan earlier this week.

Vongfong is forecast to take a similar path to that of Phanfone. Although it may strengthen a bit over the next 24 hours, the long-term track shows it weakening while moving North. Officials in Japan will be monitoring the typhoon closely over the next few days. Heavy rain, strong winds and mudslides are possible as this storm tracks closer to the island.

PHOTO: Here is the forecast path for Super Typhoon Vongfong.ABC News
Here is the forecast path for Super Typhoon Vongfong.