DANGER IS NEAR! EVACUATION ANNOUNCED! STRONGEST TYPHOON HINNAMNOR APPROACHES JAPAN
Powerful typhoon Hinnamnor has wreaked havoc in the south of the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa, and residents of three municipalities have been ordered to evacuate. Typhoon Hinnamnor is the strongest global storm of 2022, and is forecasted to move gradually northward into the East China Sea. The typhoon has maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers (109 miles) per hour, according to the Hong Kong Observatory
As of Saturday evening, the typhoon, the 11th of the season, had caused power outages for more than 3,000 households in Miyakojima and Ishigaki in Okinawa Prefecture.
The three Okinawa Prefecture municipalities of Miyakojima, Ishigaki and Taketomi issued evacuation orders for all residents on Saturday, with the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warning of strong winds and high waves for Japan’s southernmost prefecture
As of 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Hinnamnor was heading north at 15 kilometers per hour from about 80 kilometers southeast of Ishigaki Island. It had a central pressure of 955 hectopascals, with maximum sustained winds of 40 meters per second near its centre and maximum instantaneous gusts of 60 meters per second.
The JMA warned that the typhoon will also lead to unstable atmospheric conditions far from its course as it brings warm humid air to fronts from eastern to western Japan.
Torrential rain is predicted for large parts of Japan through Monday, with the agency warning of landslides, flooding and rising rivers. The typhoon is expected to move north into the East China Sea from Sunday through Monday, and approach the Kyushu region in the country’s southwest on Tuesday, according to the JMA.
The system is forecast to re-intensify to a peak of 195 km/h / 120 mph by 15:00 UTC on September 4, according to the JTWC.
At around 00:00 UTC on September 5, Hinnamnor will recurve toward South Korea and Western Japan.
The system will commence extra-tropical transition near Cheju-do around 15:00 UTC on September 6 and will rapidly transition into an extra-tropical low in the Sea of Japan by 15:00 UTC on September 7.