Closer to home, Hawaiians are getting ready to deal with Tropical Storm Felicia.
Further from home, people in Taiwan and Japan are dealing with a pair of typhoons that have already brought devasting amounts of rain (80 inches in some areas) to the area, resulting in widespread flooding and mudslides in Taiwan. Millions of people were evacuating from China as well as Typhoon Morakot moved into the country. Hundreds of people are still missing.
Another typhoon, Typhoon Etau, as already resulted in floodwaters and landslides in Japan. The typhoon is supposed to make its closest approach to Tokyo at around 9am local time.
So what are typhoons? They are what hurricanes are called in the western Pacific region. In Australia, they are called cyclones.