By Sadie Whitelocks
MailOnline 22 February 2018
John Su, 48, from Taiwan took a photo of Typhoon Damrey from his plane seat last November
He said: ‘The black center and very solid eye wall means this was a very powerful storm’
The typhoon hit Vietnam last November, resulting in more than 60 deaths and structural devastation
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.
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.
In November, Typhoon Damrey, known in the Philippines as Severe Tropical Storm Ramil, brought downpours and floods which blighted Vietnam. Here a local resident commutes in a boat on a flooded street in the tourist town of Hoi An on November 6, 2017
Above, villagers walking through typhoon floodwaters on a highway in Vietnam’s central province of Dak Lak
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.
November’s storm was preceded by flooding and landslides in northern and central regions, which killed more than 70 people and in September Typhoon Doksuri tore through central Vietnam, killing 11 people across several provinces.
The country reported at least 240 people dead or missing in floods and landslides from the beginning of 2017.