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KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Get ready for a windy, wet weekend.

Tropical Depression 12W became Tropical Storm Nari on Thursday and was expected to slash Okinawa with maximum sustained winds of 58 mph between 9 and 10 p.m. Friday.

All Okinawa military bases went into Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness-3 at 6:20 p.m. Thursday, meaning winds of 58 mph or greater could hit the island within 48 hours. Thursday night the storm was some 360 miles southeast of Naha and traveling northwest at 15 mph.

Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecasts call for Nari, which is Korean for “lily,” to pass within 16 miles of Kadena Air Base by 10 p.m. Friday. But the storm’s track could change before then, said Capt. Jonathan Wilson, commander of the 18th Wing Weather Flight.

“It could track to the south, which could be bad,” Wilson said.

Okinawa could experience heavy rain and winds of 35 mph starting 2 p.m Friday.

The new storm “won’t be as powerful as Man-yi was, by any stretch of the imagination,” Wilson said of the typhoon that battered Okinawa with 100-mph gusts and heavy rain July 13.

“People need to be cognizant of the hazard, whether we go upgraded TCCOR or not,” he said. “We’re keeping an eye on it.”

After Nari brushes past Okinawa, its next major target is Chinhae, South Korea, where it is forecast to pass within six miles with winds of 80 mph to 92 mph at 4 a.m. Sunday.


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