Tropical Storm Sinlaku Heads Toward Okinawa, Japan
Tropical Storm Sinlaku, which left seven people dead when it battered Taiwan as a typhoon, moved back over open water and was forecast to strengthen on its approach to the southern islands of Japan.
Sinlaku was located over the South China Sea about 300 kilometers (186 miles) north-northeast of the Japanese island of Miyako with maximum sustained winds of 74 kilometers per hour at 3 p.m. Japan time today, the Japan Meteorological Agency said on its Web site.
Sinlaku’s winds were gusting to 111 kph as the storm slowly headed east-northeast away from Taiwan. The storm’s sustained winds are expected to strengthen to 93 kph, with gusts to 130 kph, by tomorrow as it swings to the east and heads for the Okinawa island chain, Japan’s weather agency said.
Sinlaku also injured 20 people and left 13 missing in Taiwan, the country’s National Fire Agency said on its Web site. The storm caused NT$501 million ($16 million) of crop damage, left 135 roads in need of repair and cut power to 277,000 households, the agency said.
It brought as much as 1,600 millimeters (5.3 feet) of rain to some areas, sparking landslides and causing rivers to flood their banks.