A strong tropical cyclone was approaching islands in southern Japan on Tuesday, days after one other one slammed into mainland China and the Philippines and left dozens of individuals lifeless or injured throughout the area.
The new storm, Typhoon Khanun, was lower than 200 miles southeast of a serious United States navy base in southern Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture on Tuesday, in line with the United States navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii.
Khanun was producing most sustained winds of 138 miles per hour, making it the equal of a Category 4 storm on the five-category wind scale that meteorologists within the United States use to measure Atlantic hurricanes. (Tropical cyclones are known as hurricanes within the Atlantic and typhoons within the northwestern Pacific.)
Japan’s official forecast confirmed the storm heading northwest towards mainland China later within the week. But the meteorological authorities in China stated that it would flip additional north and head for Japan’s main islands as an alternative.
Parts of Okinawa had been below an emergency warning on Tuesday, indicating a high threat of landslides or storm surges, in line with Japan’s meteorological agency. Hundreds of flights had been canceled at Okinawa’s main airports, and the 4 main bus firms on its major island introduced they’d suspended service for the day.
Kadena Air Base, the United States navy set up on Okinawa that was close to the storm on Tuesday, the Kadena Air Base, stated that it was bracing for three days of typhoon conditions and had already recorded wind gusts of no less than 69 miles per hour.
An earlier storm, Doksuri, made landfall in southern China on Friday with the drive of a Category 2 hurricane, pushing a mass of moist air northward that has led to heavy rain in Beijing and different northern cities this week.
As of Tuesday afternoon, these rains had left no less than 11 individuals lifeless and 27 lacking in Beijing. Several northern China cities had been nonetheless grappling with heavy flooding.
On its method to China, Doksuri additionally had battered the northern Philippines with the drive of a Category 4 storm. The Philippine authorities stated final week no less than 13 individuals had been killed in flooding and landslides, and that no less than 26 died after sturdy winds triggered a ferry to capsize close to the capital, Manila.