Typhoon Sinlaku is forecast to strike land
Sinlaku (a Micronesian legendary Kosrae goddess) spawned Monday night east of the Philippines, rapidly strengthened into a Category 1-equivalent typhoon and is forecast to make a beeline toward Okinawa by Saturday.
Okinawa should expect potential tropical cyclone condition of readiness changes Wednesday morning. Initial forecasts called for Okinawa to experience wind gusts in excess of 80 mph with rain squalls Friday night into Saturday. Sinlaku is the 15th numbered storm of what’s been an unusually quiet northwest Pacific tropical cyclone season.
If Sinlaku moves as forecast, winds of 30 mph and greater should begin sometime Thursday. As Sinlaku gets closer, Okinawa should brace for winds and gusts of 50 to 80 mph overnight Friday into Saturday, along with heavy rain.
Storm Alert issued at 10 Sep, 2008 6:00 GMT
Typhoon SINLAKU is forecast to strike land to the following likelihood(s) at the given lead time(s):
Yellow Alert City(s) and Town(s)
- Okinawa (26.3 N, 127.8 E)
- probability for CAT 1 or above is 15% in about 72 hours
- probability for TS is 35% in about 96 hours
- Yellow Alert (Elevated) is CAT 1 or above to between 10% and 30% probability, or TS to above 50% probability
- CAT 1 means Typhoon strength winds of at least 74 mph, 119 km/h or 64 knots 1-min sustained
- TS means Tropical Storm strength winds of at least 39 mph, 63 km/h or 34 knots 1-min sustained