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Photos: NASA released images of the three-headed cyclone monster swarming the South Pacific

Adam Epstein
By Adam Epstein

Entertainment reporter

Three powerful tropical cyclones are currently swarming the waters surrounding Australia: Olwyn (left), Nathan (center), and Pam (right).

Pam, a category 5 storm, has already made landfall on the Vanuatu islands, causing widespread flooding and power outages. Dozens are already feared dead in the northeastern province of Penama. Pam is the strongest storm to ever hit Vanuatu and the strongest to hit the region since Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013 and killed over 6,000 people. After Vanuatu, Pam is expected to head toward northern New Zealand.

Nathan has been circling the coast of Queensland, Australia, the last few days, but is expected to dissipate over the course of Friday. Olwyn made landfall over Western Australia early this morning, but will now move south by southeast into the Indian Ocean.

Here are some photos of the fearsome threesome, taken by NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites. (The image above is a composite of all three.)

NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team
NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team
NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team
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