Okinawa 1988-1991

Okinawa 1988-1991

Monday, September 05, 2005

Typhoon Nabi

Stars & Stripes: "Typhoon Nabi shifts course, now heading to Okinawa
Storm projected to hit north of Kadena early Tuesday

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Okinawa now is directly in the cross hairs of powerful Typhoon Nabi after the storm shifted course overnight Wednesday, leaving U.S. military bases bracing for the blow and scrambling to secure equipment or move it to safety."

Nabi is forecast to bend slightly to the northwest over the weekend with the eye clipping Okinawa’s northern edges at 5 a.m. Tuesday. Forecasts call for the storm’s center to pass 51 miles north of Kadena, with sustained winds of 155 mph gusting up to 190 mph, comparable to a Western Hemisphere Category 5 hurricane.

In any event, he said, Okinawa can expect “anywhere from 6 to 12 to 15 inches” of rain, “just depending on how close the eye gets and how slowly it goes over the island.”

If Nabi remains on its current track, it could become the worst storm to hit Okinawa since Super Typhoon Bart walloped the island on Sept. 22, 1999, with winds of 145 mph reported at Kadena and 173 mph at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.


Anonymous JohnS said...

Darren, any word on Daito? Looks like they took a direct hit from Nabi, can't be good, just a speck.

September 06, 2005 7:57 PM  
Blogger Darren said...

I wish I knew.Here's the latest report I could get.
Typhoon Nabi swept across southwestern Japan from Monday evening
to Tuesday. In doing so, the storm unleashed very strong, damaging
winds and torrential, flooding rain. The island of Kyushu was hardest
hit as Nabi's eye came ashore here. At Miyazaki, rainfall from Nabi
was 23.9 inches as of Tuesday morning. Oita was soaked by 14.8 inches
of rain. To the south, the island of Tanega Shima was inundated by
16.0 inches of rain and Owase, on the big island of Honshu, was doused
by 15.6 inches.

As of late Tuesday morning, EDT, the core of Typhoon Nabi is over
the southernmost Sea of Japan 75 miles to the north-northwest of
Hiroshima, island of Honshu, Japan. Moving north-northeastward at 20
mph, the storm has highest sustained winds of 85 mph. Nabi will cross
the Sea of Japan during the next 24 hours while weakening and
accelerating, then pass over Hokkaido, Japan's northern island, and
southern Sakhalin Island, Russia, as a moderate tropical storm from
midday Wednesday to Wednesday evening.

September 07, 2005 10:18 AM  

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