On August 28, 2013 the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite passed over the South China Sea and captured this true-color image of Tropical Storm Kong-Rey stretching over the Philippines and taking aim at Taiwan. Black border lines have been added to this image to show the position Taiwan (north) and the islands of the Philippines.
On August 28 at 1500 UTC, about 10 hours after this image was captured, Kong-Rey’s maximum sustained winds were near 57.5 mph (92.6 km/h) and was centered about 177 nautical miles south-southeast of Taiwan.
Although the storm wasn’t particularly strong, it was a slow-moving soaker. Taiwan was inundated by heavy rain, which brought flooding and landslides, especially in the south. At least three people died in the flooding, which was reported to be as deep as 3 meters (9 feet) in some places. According to the Council on Agriculture, Kong Rey damaged more than 3,500 hectares of rice paddies and orchids.
Tropical Storm Kong-Rey formed to the east of the Philippines from low pressure System 19W, and was designated at a Tropical Depression on August 25. By the next day, it had strengthened to Tropical Storm status. Battered by wind shear, which elongated the storm, slowed its forward motion and shortened it life, the last advisory was issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration PAGASA on August 29. However, the remnants of the storm still carried significant rain, soaking southern Japan before dissipating.