Vongfong has maintained its Category 5 Super Typhoon strength as it moves across the Philippine Sea (please note JMA does not use the designation “Super Typhoon”, only the JTWC does). It was last located approximately 980km south southeast from the island of Okinawa. Latest wind estimates from JMA (JTWC) for Vongfong are at 215kph (285kph) sustained with gusts of up to 305kph (350kph). Vongfong is currently moving west northwestward at 15kph.
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Latest track from JMA shows a northward turn that should happen anytime today. It also looks like that Vongfong has reached its peak and should slowly begin to weaken by tomorrow. Nevertheless, Vongfong is still posing a serious threat to the Japanese Islands. The Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa, are still in play to see typhoon-force winds this weekend. The consensus among the forecasts may still bring strong winds, heavy rains, and high winds across Okinawa. Amami-Oshima may see even higher winds as the center of Vongfong is forecast to move just east of there.
JMA 00z Forecast Track for Typhoon Vongfong
By Sunday and into Monday, Vongfong is forecast to head towards the islands of Kyushu and Shikoku and possibly maintaining a strong typhoon intensity. Heavy rains, damaging winds, and high waves will move towards that area beginning Sunday evening and into Monday.
For our readers and viewers in Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands, please start making preparations now. Any slight shift in the typhoon’s track will result in substantial changes in the impacts down the road (as they say hope for the best but prepare for the worst). And as always, heed the warnings of your local official weather agency. Stay safe!