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This composite image of Tropical Storm Noul was generated at 12:00 (UTC) on 5 May 2015.

At the time of this image the storm had just been given its name, and was in the Pacific Ocean on track towards the Philippines.

The storm grew in strength as it approached the Philippines over the next few days, until it had reached Category 5 "Super Typhoon" status on 10 May. That same day the typhoon made landfall in the Philippines, where two people were killed and several thousand forced to evacuate.

Houses were destroyed in parts of the north-eastern coasts of the Philippines, but Noul began to weaken when it made landfall, and is now at Category 3 strength. Affected residents are beginning to return to their homes as of 11 May. Forecasters believe that Noul may pass by Japan as it moves north.

This image is comprised of infrared data from the geostationary satellites of EUMETSAT, JMA and NOAA, overlaying a computer-generated model of the Earth, containing NASA's Blue Marble Next Generation imagery.

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Credit: EUMETSAT 2015

Tropical Storm Noul

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