Typhoon 16W (Bolaven), # 7
Published: August 22, 2012
1:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, Japan time: With every passing forecast track, Typhoon Bolaven continues edging closer, ever closer, to Okinawa. Latest forecast has Bolaven circling around Okinawa 78 miles to its southwest at 5 a.m. Sunday, but it should rumble through the area rather rapidly before dissipating a couple days later in the East China Sea.
Latest wind-timeline forecast from Kadena Air Base’s 18th Wing Weather Flight calls for the following:
-- 40-mph sustained winds, 1 p.m. Saturday.
-- 58-mph sustained winds, 10 p.m. Saturday.
-- Maximum 80-mph winds, 104-mph gusts, midnight Saturday.
-- Winds diminishing below 58-mph sustained, 3 a.m. Sunday.
-- Winds diminishing below 40-mph sustained, 7 p.m. Sunday.
Between 10 to 15 inches of rain forecast.
Okinawa remains in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 4 for now; that may change as early as Thursday evening.
Never too early to begin preparing. That general cleanup around house and office should already be done; time to start disassembling the trampoline and bring it inside along with those pesky hibachi and bicycles.