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This image shows Typhoon Halong at 00:00 UTC on 6 August 2014 as it gradually made its way towards Japan.

The storm developed over the Pacific Ocean on 28 July and after further growth was named the following day. As it moved north through the Pacific it temporarily grew to Category 5 strength, but by the time it reached the Philippines on 4 August it had weakened to Category 3.

Two people died in the Philippines and 16,000 were affected by the storm as it passed by the island nation. From there it continued north towards Japan and made landfall on 10 August. Six people were killed and the storm brought heavy rain and flooding to the country. Over a million people were advised to evacuate due to the threat posed by the flooding in south-west Japan.

After passing over Japan the storm weakened and dissipated. This image is a composite comprising infra red satellite imagery from the Geostationary satellites of EUMETSAT and the JMA, overlaying NASA's Blue Marble Next Generation.

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Credit: European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)

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