Typhoon Nock-Ten hits Taiwan
Stars and Stripes October 27, 2004
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Rapidly losing power and pushing well to the north, Typhoon Nock-Ten was expected to bypass Okinawa Tuesday, bringing little more than light rain showers and 40-mph winds to the island, Kadena Air Base weather officials said.
U.S. bases on Okinawa went back into seasonal Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 4 at 7:45 p.m. on Monday, forecasters at Kadena’s 18th Weather Flight said.
Nock-Tem was expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm early Tuesday.
“We don’t expect to see 50-knot (58-mph) winds,” duty forecaster Senior Airman Erika Huff said Monday, adding the Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecasts Nock-Ten to “continue losing strength. The winds will continue to die down.”
As Nock-Ten continued to make a sharp right turn toward the northeast after grazing Taiwan, the storm was expected to bring light rain and showers to Okinawa from 9 p.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“We’re expecting 35-knot (40-mph) winds at the most, in the morning and early afternoon, dropping off throughout the night into Wednesday morning,” Huff said.
At midnight Monday, Nock-Ten, named for a Laotian word for bird, was 310½ miles west of Okinawa, tracking north-northeast at 9 mph, packing sustained winds of 75 mph and gusts up to 92 mph at its center.
Continuing on course, Nock-Ten was forecast to be 141½ miles north of Okinawa at 4 p.m. Tuesday, packing sustained winds of 52 mph and gusts up to 65 mph.