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Typhoon Songda Spares the Philippines May 27, 2011
The spiral bands of Typhoon Songda can be seen passing well off the coast of the eastern Philippines on Wednesday.
Typhoon Songda formed from an area of disturbed weather near the Micronesian island of Yap over the weekend.

It then steadily gained strength while taking aim on the central Philippines from Monday through Wednesday afternoon.

Despite eventually attaining Category 4 force, Songda veered to the north, then remained well off the coast of the Philippines’ central and northern islands.

It was expected to affect Japan’s southernmost islands within several days.

The designation Songda was submitted by weather officials in Vietnam, where it is the name of a branch of the Red River.

Typhoon Songda Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS