Typhoon Chaba blew over Okinawa leaving thousands without power. A true testament to the infrastructure there as there has been limited reports of damage and injuries despite winds gusting up to 215kph at the storms peak on Kume-Jima.
- A MAX WIND OF 215KPH was reported in Kume-Jima Okinawa just after midnight, this is a all time record for the island.
- All Emergency level warnings for Okinawa have been dropped.
- A total of 4,000 homes lost power overnight from Chaba.
Initial reports out of Kume-Jima via telephone is that there has been overturned cars swept up in the winds, some homes have lost roofing and about 3,600 houses are without power. No reports of injuries yet. As far as structure damage not much to speak of at this time, the infrastructure of the islands coming through in the face of Cat 5 winds!
All emergency warnings have been lifted in Okinawa. Still not a beach day but the life threatening conditions are over. -Robert
About 4,000 homes across Okinawa have lost power.
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For those in Okinawa who are disappointed this evening I will be bluntly honest. I would be happy right now core of Typhoon Chaba is not hitting. This storm has strengthened today quite dramatically up to a CAT 5 equivalent, albiet its size overall has not gotten bigger. In perspective Matthew in the Atlantic right now which is getting a lot of hype has sustained winds of 215kph while Chaba has 270kph sustained winds via JTWC.
Tropical storm strength wind gust seen this hour in #Naha up to 43kts. Still far shy of the 155kts in the storms center.
Looking more and more like the island of Kume-Jima is going to take the direct hit from this Monster now “super typhoon” Chaba. With a population of about 8,200 people the island does not have a huge population. Still though this island just west of Okinawa will likely see power outages and damage. Expect photos of cars launched in to walls or trees in the morning. -Rob
Coastal beach roads in Urama have been closed due to rough seas and high winds.
18 Municipalities in Okinawa have issued Evacuation advisories; shelters have been set up in those areas for volunteer evacuation.
About 300 flights have been cancelled in Okinawa this Monday
The NAHA Monorail (the only train in Okinawa) will be suspended from 3PM Monday as Chaba nears.
All hospitals in Okinawa have been closed outside of Emergencies.
Typhoon Chaba still looking dangerous via the Visible Satellite image at sunrise this morning. The storm will track just west of Okinawa hopefully far enough keeping the inner eye wall off shore. But its going to be a close call with the closest approach just prior to midnight. -Robert
Eye wall of Typhoon Chaba now visible on land based radar out of Okinawa. Inner eye wall is where the core of the winds is located and looks to be tracking just west of the island at this time. If this occurs then the forecast would vastly improve for Okinawa Honto.
Wind gust up to 41kts recorded on Minami Daito Okinawa. First Tropical storm strength wind recorded from the storm.
Most flights have been cancelled from Naha to other islands in Okinawa for Tuesday.
NAHA Schools announced to be closed on Monday