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Typhoon Sanba (Karen) Afternoon Update September 15, 2012

Latest Update on Typhoon Sanba (Bagyong Karen) which is now nearing Okinawa and the rest of the Ryukyu Islands.

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Typhoon Sanba has completed an eyewall replacement cycle and is looking much healthier compared to 12 hours ago. An eye is clearing out once more and convective activity has improved since this morning. Sanba is a Category 3 Typhoon according to JTWC and a “Violent” one according to JMA. Winds and rains are starting to move into Okinawa and the nearby islands and will continue to worsen throughout the night.

Radar from JMA

Latest radar from Okinawa showing the outer bands starting to move in from the south. Rainfall rates of as high as 30mm per hour are possible especially along the embedded thunderstorms. Furthermore, stations in Okinawa and nearby islands are starting to report winds of 60kph and will greatly increase overnight. For the latest radar images, warnings, and forecasts from Japan, please click HERE (JMA)

We expect Typhoon winds of 120kph or greater to start impacting Okinawa by midnight with peak winds of up to 200kph possible between 3am and 9am Japan Time. Due to the wind field and movement of Sanba, Tropical Storm winds (greater than 65kph) may not end until Sunday evening. Rains of up to 300mm also possible here. Sanba is unlike Bolaven so please heed all the warnings and stay indoors!

After Okinawa, Sanba will be making a second landfall in South Korea by early Monday morning as a Category 1 or even a Cat 2 Typhoon. By Tuesday morning, it is forecast to make a third landfall in North Korea/Russia border.

If you manage to take videos or images of Sanba as it moves or at least its aftermath (we’re not suggesting to go outside so please do not RISK!) you can email them to us at philippineweather@yahoo.com or at robertspeta@westernpacificweather.com

Continue to check back for the latest updates on this system along with Video Updates from WxCaster PAT and Meteorologist Robert Speta.

-WxCaster PAT

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