Okinawa 1988-1991

Okinawa 1988-1991

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Typhoon Shanshan

Shanshan, the 14th storm of the Pacific northwest’s tropical cyclone season, strengthened into a typhoon overnight Monday and tracked northwest toward a possible weekend collision with Okinawa, weather officials said.

A typhoon strike meeting was planned for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday by Kadena’s 18th Wing staff. Officials at Kadena’s weather flight said Shanshan is forecast to pass east of Okinawa late Saturday or early Sunday, and the island should brace for sustained winds of 80 mph and gusts of up to 115 mph.

“It’s dangerous enough to cause some damage,” said Capt. John Hurley, of the 18th Wing weather flight.

Shanshan was forecast to move west-northwest into Thursday, influenced by high pressure to the north. Another high-pressure ridge is forecast to move from China east over Taiwan and force the storm to curve sharply north-northeast toward a low-pressure trough to the north, taking it toward the “path of least resistance,” Hurley said.

As it heads toward Okinawa, “it will weaken as it interacts with the island, but expect it to gain more strength” as it moves away from the island, Hurley said.

Kadena weather flight officials project to set Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 3 at 4 p.m. Thursday, followed by TCCOR 2 at 4 p.m. Friday, TCCOR 1 at 4 a.m. Saturday, TCCOR 1C (caution) at 6 a.m. Saturday and TCCOR 1E (emergency) at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecasts call for Shanshan to pass 37 miles east of Kadena at 6 a.m. Sunday, packing sustained winds of 115 mph and gusts of up to 140 mph at its center — equal to a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale of 1-5.

At noon Tuesday, Shanshan swirled 541 miles southeast of Okinawa, rumbling west-northwest at 7 mph with sustained Category 2 hurricane-equivalent winds of 104 mph and 127 mph gusts.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

9/11 Remembrance ride set for Saturday

Torii Station is calling all motorcycle riders for a 9/11 Remembrance Motorcycle Ride scheduled Saturday.

The ride, to honor and remember the victims of the Sept 11, 2001, terror attacks, will start at 9 a.m. at the Coral Cove Restaurant. Riders will travel to Nago and back, a trip of about three or four hours, according to an Army release.

The route follows Highway 58 west to Nago and returns on Highway 329 to the Coral Cove Restaurant for lunch.

The remembrance ride is sponsored by the United Service Organizations, Army Air Force Exchange Service, AAFES Car Sales, Coral Cove Restaurant and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program.

All motorcyclists are invited to participate; there is no registration fee. Donations will be accepted for the single sailors program.

Call 080-1764-1432, for more information.