KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Military bases on Okinawa went into Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 3 Sunday, with Typhoon Aere expected to pass far to the south.
Typhoon Aere, named after the Marshall Islands’ word for “storm,” sped up Sunday and increased in intensity, with winds gusting up to 92 mph at its center and moving to the northwest at 14 mph. Under TCCOR-3, the bases prepare for high winds within 48 hours.
Sunday night, the typhoon was some 382 miles south of Okinawa on a track projected to pass over Taiwan’s northern tip Wednesday.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii forecasts Typhoon Aere to be some 280 miles south of Okinawa by 6 p.m. Monday.
If Typhoon Aere continues to move as forecast, damaging winds of 57.5 mph or greater are not expected to occur on Okinawa, according to the 18th Weather Flight. The strongest winds on Okinawa were expected to be 46 mph at 6 p.m. Monday, when the storm was expected to make its closest approach.
Rain from the storm was expected to last through Tuesday.