CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Okinawa could be in store for a rainy, gusty Tuesday and Wednesday thanks to a tropical disturbance off the coast of Luzon Island in the Philippines that is projected to curve toward Okinawa.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, issued a tropical cyclone formation alert on the disturbance Saturday at noon Japan time.
Officials at Kadena’s 18th Wing Weather Flight said initial forecasts call for rain, thunderstorms and winds gusting up to 45 mph, but those could “fluctuate” by as much as 10 mph up or down. It was not immediately known how close the disturbance will come to Okinawa. Weather flight officials said they would keep an eye on it.
At noon Saturday, the disturbance was 345 miles east-northeast of Manila, moving west at 23 mph, with winds of 17-23 mph at its center.