Weather Oh, No! Tropical Depression 94W Bearing Down On Okinawa!

Tropical Depression—a storm categorized with sustained winds equal to or less than 33 knots (64 km/h)—94W is bearing down on Okinawa northwardly at a speed of 50 km/h with it expected to pass the main island of Okinawa by June 27 at 6 a.m., but the brunt of it coming in the earlier morning hours.


During those times, the maximum sustained winds of 94W are estimated to be around 30 knots (56 km/h).

Putting this into perspective, to move up to the next category of a tropical storm, the winds must reach 34-37 knots (62-88 km/h) and a super tropical storm at 48-63 knots (89-117 km/h).

It's only after that where it reaches into typhoon category strength winds that begin at 64 knots (118 km/h) and above sustained winds.

Typhoon CategoryKnotskm/h
Category 164 - 82119 - 153
Category 283 - 95154 - 177
Category 396 - 113178 - 209
Category 4114 - 135210 - 249
Category 5135-249-

It's important to note that SOFA personnel follows a Typhoon Cyclone Conditions of Readiness scale which would put all US bases on lockdown on TCCOR-1E if winds were to reach a sustained speed of 50 knots, or per commander's discretion, which could be called during a super tropical storm.

As such, it's necessary to follow up with JMA Tropical Cyclone Information for planning prior to going out during the storm as well as Kadena Weather to stay up to date on the current TCCOR status.

What you can expect during a tropical depression is most likely bare minimum flooding, wind, and possible, but not likely, power outages, depending on where you are on the island.

It's not until Okinawa gets into more severe storm situations such as typhoons to be a little more concerned.

With that said, this should be a wakeup call to not only create a "go bag", for those on the coast that will experience extreme storm surge, and a to create a typhoon plan, but to also pack canned goods away in your home for rationing in case of a week or so of power outages in the event of a typhoon.
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It looks like 35 minutes after this post was made, the trajectory of tropical depression 94W made a sharp northeast turn. This will most likely lessen the impact on Okinawa as a whole. Though, there may still be outer bands of rain and slight (typical, in my opinion) winds.

With that said, a turn like this doesn't necessarily mean we're in the clear!

I can't recall which typhoon it was, but, it simply could not make up its mind of where to go. It passed over Okinawa, just to come back around and pass over again before continuing on.

The weather can always change, so keep up to date! :)
 
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