Sunday, July 6, 2014

Arthur Dissipates as Typhoon Neoguri Strengthens

The last report on this website is for a tropical storm called Arthur, which skirted the eastern coast of the United States, with minor damage and flooding in its path. There were no fatalities, although there was significant flooding up the coast. By the time this storm reached the United States, it actually weakened to a category 2 storm. If you were looking at this situation from the other side of the world, you might say that what the United States received is just a rainstorm, compared to what Asians and others living on the other side of the world have experienced within the last year. Reported on this website, were storms affecting China, the Philippines, Japan, and islands scattered throughout the China Sea. The Philippines had some of the worst tropical storms called Typhoons on this side of the globe, as compared to U.S. storms in recent history.
While Hurricane Arthur was raging up the U.S. coast, another storm located on the other side of the world at the same Category level, is Typhoon Neoguri. If this storm was located in the Atlantic or approaching the U.S., it most likely would be considered Hurricane Neoguri. Typhoon Neoguri is a very powerful and dangerous storm, packing over 200 kph winds and gusts as high as 300 kph. At the time of this writing, it is Sunday afternoon in Japan. The real impact from this storm will be felt on Tuesday throughout Wednesday in Japan. Typhoon warnings have been issued for most of the southern Japanese islands via JMA. It is an extremely serious storm system, and categorized as a Violent Typhoon. To give you an idea of the impact of the storm, here is a chart with information concerning typhoon strength, issued by the JMA.

Tropical Depression <61 kph
Tropical Storm 62-88 kph
Severe Tropical Storm 89-117 kph
Strong Typhoon 118 kph - 156 kph
Very Strong Typhoon 157-192 kph
Violent Typhoon 193 kph>

The storm is presently moving N.W. at 30 kph. On Monday night, winds are expected to be between 50-60 kph in Okinawa. By Tuesday morning, they will pick up significantly. The main reason for this is that the island of Okinawa will take the brunt force of the eye-wall, as the northeastern side of the storm will pass directly over Okinawa. This is the strongest part of the storm, containing the highest winds of the storm. Naha can be seeing Category 3 or Category 4 winds, and it is located on the Southwestern side of the island nation. With this said, normally it is not just the high winds directly affecting damage that is experienced during the storm. It usually is the flying debris that happened to be lifted up by the storm and thrown around like small matchsticks. The storm surge that is generated by this type of storm most likely will have little or no effect on the southern part of the Japanese Island of Okinawa, as it is made up of high cliffs, that are really not susceptible to storm surges. There will be minor floods occurring on the beaches, but the population along the southern coast of Okinawa is very sparse. But there are some suburban areas to the northeast of where the storm surge is expected that is very low lying, and these inhabitants need to heed flood warnings, and possibly leave their homes to higher land. It is expected that the winds coming from the east will mostly affect the northern half of the island as it passes through. Again, securing loose objects is extremely important now, as these loose objects left in yards can become flying projectiles and will cause significant damage.
Okinawa definitely has some reasons to be concerned about considering this storm, but they will be lucky compared to a small island called Kuma-Jima, as possibly Category 4 winds will come from this storm that is expected to track right over this island. South Korea is also expecting to see high winds from this storm. In its present predicted storm-path, Taiwan looks to be spared from damages at this time. The storm is expected to turn away from Taiwan and head directly north before reaching the China coastline.
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