Typhoon Vongfong (Bagyong Ompong) remains a very strong cyclone as it moves slowly across the Philippine Sea. The Japan Meteorological Agency maintains the estimated sustained winds at around 215kph with gusts of up to 305kph. THe Joint Typhoon Warning Center, meanwhile, has lowered their wind estimates but maintains Vongfong as a Category 5 Super Typhoon. The eye of Vongfong was last located approximately 800km south southeast of Okinawa or about 830km east southeast of Basco, Batanes. It is currently moving northwestward at 10kph.
Please watch WxCaster PAT’s in-depth Video Update below for more information and analysis on Vongfong.
What we do want to emphasize with this update is that computer models and official agencies continue to shift their track westward. The latest consensus this morning is taking Vongfong very near the Ryukyu Islands by Saturday and Sunday. The possibilities are increasing for Okinawa to see Typhoon-force conditions around this time frame.
Forecast Track from JMA
Aside from strong and damaging winds, there is also the threat of very high waves especially along the east-facing shores of the islands. Wave heights of up to 5 meters are possible and could very well be life-threatening. We certainly don’t suggest anyone to be lingering near the coast as Typhoon Vongfong moves through.
Aside from the Ryukyu Islands, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Honshu will also get their share of Vongfong’s impacts. Heavy rains and strong winds will move northeastward towards Mainland Japan beginning Monday and into Tuesday.
We’ll continue to keep you posted with Typhoon Vongfong. We urge everyone living the islands to please start making initial preparations for this typhoon. Stay safe everyone!