Super Typhoon Hinnamnor Moving Closer to Ryukyus

Super Typhoon Hinnamnor continues its intensification today after being disrupted by an eyewall replacement cycle. It’s moving towards the Daitojima Islands and is expected to bring stormy conditions to the main islands in the southern Ryukyu Islands.

Current Information:

Boats being placed offshore in anticipation of Super Typhoon Hinnamnor | Amami Island

The 2300 JST update of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) estimates the storm to have 10-minute winds of 195 kph (105 kt / 120 mph) with gusts of 275 kph (150 kt / 170 mph) and minimum central pressure of 920 millibars. The storm is moving westward at speed of 28 kph (15 kt).

Current Warnings:

There is a Typhoon Warning, a High Waves Warning, and a Storm Surge Advisory in effect for the Daitojima Islands.

Other parts of the Southern Ryukyu Islands are placed in high chances of being under a storm-related advisory by Wednesday afternoon (Japan time.)

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Risks by the Storm:

 

Early signs of storm coming in Daitojima

The storm is forecast to continue its intensification until Wednesday, and mostly maintain its strength as long as the agencies’ forecasts. Considerable to catastrophic damages are expected for more than a million people living in the southern Ryukyu Islands.

Damaging winds are expected to be brought by Super Typhoon Hinnamnor. JMA, categorizing the storm as a Violent Typhoon, forecast the Daitojima Islands to feel the brunt of the storm Wednesday afternoon. The agency forecast the islands to experience 10-minute maximum sustained winds of 205 kph (110 kt / 125 mph) with higher gusts. Winds these strong are enough to bring heavy damage to infrastructures and agricultural properties.

Heavy rain is also expected in the said islands, with measurements possible to reach 300 millimeters (12 inches) on Wednesday alone. Alongside waves as high as 10 meters (32 feet) the islands would experience coastal flooding.

Typhoon conditions are expected for the Ryukyu Islands starting Wednesday that could last until Sunday with the storm slowly moving in the Philippine and East China Sea.

Local authorities already ordered evacuation in the Okinawa Prefecture, currently primarily focused on Daitojima Islands.

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