Rain expected as typhoon skirts Okinawa
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Okinawa probably will be spared the full wrath of Typhoon Kaemi, but the island still should expect some effect from the storm’s outer bands, Kadena Air Base weather officials said Friday.
“We’ll get isolated showers and no more than 35-knot [40-mph] winds” as Kaemi, the sixth storm of the northwest Pacific’s tropical cyclone season, passes well southwest of Okinawa on Monday, said Capt. Colin Reece, 18th Weather Flight commander.
Though Kaemi continues tracking northwest toward Taiwan, “we’re keeping an eye on it to see if anything changes,” Reece said.
At noon Friday, Kaemi was reported to be 851 miles south-southeast of Okinawa, churning west-northwest at 16 mph, packing sustained winds of 98 mphs and gusts of up to 121 mph at its center.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecasts Kaemi to increase in strength, with peak sustained winds of 127 mph and maximum gusts of 155 mph occuring from early morning to midday Sunday.
Still, Kaemi is forecast to pass well to the southwest of Okinawa, 373 miles away at 7 a.m. Monday.