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TYPHOON CHABA LEAVES OKINAWA, TARGETS KYUSHU AND SOUTH KOREA

Typhoon Chaba is pulling away from Okinawa today leaving improving conditions in its wake for the islands that seen winds up to 215kph overnight Monday in to Tuesday. But this storm is not over by any means at this time.

A less powerful but still dangerous typhoon Chaba will start to impact Kyushu and South Korea overnight Tuesday in to Wednesday morning bringing with it winds up to 180kph to western and northern Kyushu as well as rain totals in access of 150mm.  This includes the cities of Nagasaki and Fukuoka. Furthermore those in Sasebo will likely be put under TCCOR 1 by Tuesday evening.

 

Outlook

Outlook

The storm will track through the Tsushima straight meaning the southern coastline of South Korea will get some rough weather as well. Numerical guidance at this time suggest winds up to 160kph could be possible ahead of the storm.

 

Key thing to note though is when a storm starts to make it this far north the left half of it often degrades. So even if the storm nears Korea it is likely that the rainfall will not be as intense with most of the precipitation likely getting stretched east across Japan.

 

The worst of the weather will be through Wednesday morning with conditions improving rapidly heading in to the afternoon hours as the storm starts to pick up speed heading to the north east.

 

This is a main result of it getting wrapped up with the jet stream; also means high vertical shear and dry air inflow thus making it sub-tropical by Thursday through Friday.

OKINAWA IMPACTS

 

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. 

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There has also been reports of damage to Kume-Jima including buildings loosing roofing and flipped cars, but overall despite the 200+ kph winds the island faired rather well.

Key Notes

 

  • 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.

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