- Posted September 13, 2012 by
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Hurricane season 2012
Sanba Becomes Cat 5 and Okinawa Prepares
What was just "Tropical Depression #17" on Tuesday has now progressed to "Super Typhoon Sanba" in only a few short days. The use of the term "super typhoon" is no exaggeration for this storm, with it having progressed to a category five which means sustained winds exceeding of 156 miles per hour.
Although the storm is expected to lose some of it's strength before making landfall in Okinawa forecasts still say that the storm will be approaching as a category four. This brings an elevated level of concern for some. With Sanba so soon after Bolaven there is more risk of damage, especially in areas which have not fully recovered after the last storm.
For many of Okinawa's residents the preparation begins now. Local stores throughout Okinawa, including on military installations, have made it a point to bring out typhoon supplies well ahead of time, this likely being a reaction to the lack of available supplies by some chains preceding the last typhoon.
According to weather maps and tracking systems Super Typhoon Sanba is forecast to strike Okinawa Sunday, however, we may start feeling the effects of the storm Saturday evening.