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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The base entered into Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness Four on Friday, meaning destructive-force winds of 58 mph or greater are expected within 72 hours.

Forecasters from the Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Detachment in Sasebo said they were highly confident on Friday afternoon that Typhoon Chaba will pass near Kyushu Island on Monday.

“It’s still too early to determine exactly when and where the storm will pass; however, a passage east of Kyushu altogether remains unlikely,” NPMOD forecasters said.

“Regardless of where the storm tracks, due to its large size, windy conditions will be experienced in the Sasebo area beginning Saturday and possibly lasting into Tuesday.”

If the storm tracks to the west, Sasebo could experience winds up to 98 mph gusting to 121 mph with heavy rain showers and thunderstorms beginning Sunday night and lasting into Monday night, the forecast said.

A track east of Sasebo over Central or Eastern Kyushu, the forecast noted, could result in wind gusts between 46 mph to 69 mph with little to no rainfall.

At TCCOR 4, residents should plan for worsening conditions and review their storm preparation check lists, evacuation plans and check emergency supplies. All loose outdoor equipment and materials should be brought inside or secured.

Residents are asked to stay tuned to local American Forces Network television channels and radio stations.


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