Skip to comments.A Violent 'Super Typhoon' Is Due To Hit Japan And South Korea This Weekend ("Sanba")
Posted on 09/14/2012 2:52:46 PM PDT by blam
A Violent 'Super Typhoon' Is Due To Hit Japan And South Korea This Weekend
Sep. 14, 2012, 3:35 PM
A violent super typhoon in the North Indian Ocean, named "Sanba" has begun to pick up steam and could start to affect residents of Japan and South Korea as early as Saturday morning.
Winds have climbed up to 178 mph, which would make it the equivalent of powerful category 5 Hurricane, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
One resident said gusts were nearing 222 mph.
Sanba is currently being tracked traveling north, and if it continues onwards, it could be headed on a collision course with Okinawa, Japan.
The island has a population of 1.3 million.
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak said "it will be a life-threatening situation for the Ryukyu Islands of Japan with winds in excess of 100 mph. The worst case scenario for Okinawa is winds of 120-140 mph."
Only one typhoon in the past 10 years has had a lower pressure drop than Sanba, according to AccuWeather.
The potential path of Sanba
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HO-LEE-SH**!! That’s a whopper.
Any Freepers in Okinawa and Korea, better be ready to batten down the hatches! Looks like this big momma is heading your way.
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North Indian Ocean? Looks like the Pacific to me.
That is a monster of a storm. Hoping for the best for all in the path. At that windspeed and current path, I feel also for the people of North Korea..I’m afraid their current government won’t even let them know it is coming..
Maximum wave height 53 feet! Wow!
I'm guessing this is a mistake. I think they meant North Pacific Ocean. That is what the diagram shows.
.......................A violent super typhoon in the North Indian Ocean.....................
North Indian Ocean???? Seems to me that it has been headed northwest within the Pacific Ocean!
Good luck everyone!
Looks like it’s going to miss Japan, but those things are just barely predictable.
Weather Underground says the storm has weakened to 145 MPH, still a strong storm though.
IIRC the easternmost section of the Indian Ocean is a good deal west of the Korean Peninsula.One thing that just occurred to me is that if it hits *North* Korea with 170mph winds it will *destroy* the few signs of modern civilization they now have.If it's as bad as predicted this could be very,*very* bad.
Coming directly over us here in Kyushu .
Wowzers!!! Thats dam near the strength of a tornado the size of a typhoon.
That tidal surge will be worse than a tsunami.
Stay Safe My Friend.
I'm in 'hurricane alley' and I know your situation
I was on Okinawa for a Super Typhoon in 1980. The thing lasted three full days.
Oh, man. This is gonna be a bad one. The worst thing I have to worry about is snow and ice during the month of January.
Well, my thoughts and prayers with any Freepers in the part of the world. Stay safe.
This is the second huge typhoon for them in a few weeks time.
Luckily, most of the housing is built to withstand these big storms.
I miss that place.
Prayers being said for you folks. Stay dry!!
Stationed there once,that island ain’t gonna faze this storm.
We were stationed above Naha,only 2 miles wide from what I remember
I once lived on a 1.2 square mile island that was only 6 feet above high tide. A simple tropical storm would wash over the place. I can’t imagine staying put when 50 feet of surf is coming.
Grab your bags and get off the base before they lock it down!!!!!
1.2 miles sq mile island I could’nt imagine.Where we(Wife,I and the youngins)were was 2 miles wide,,,this reminds me of an old Black and White Movie(can’t think of the name)where folks tie themselves in trees.This is a bad storm for these folks
Stay safe, infidel.
Will it pass near the reactors?
Will dog still be available for purchase at the local grocery stores and restaurants in S. Korea after the storm passes?
Nope... shouldn’t you be tracking down fades?
I was an Army brat in Oki for three years during the mid-sixties. I still miss the place. Best three years of my life.
Different map than I saw earlier. I should have looked instead of posting from your ping. :)
Not any fades here waiting for the Horn to be blown. I figure that will be in January.
I kinda hate that it will be over,, 20 years of my life heh.
stay safe, my ex-pat friend. It is definitly missing us on the main island, but we will be getting a thunderstorm out of it... at least it will keep the mosquitoes away for a couple of days ;)
Keep in touch with us so we all know you are ok :^)
I wonder what the water temps are in advance of the storm?
looking at Okinawa webcams - it looks pretty bad but the cams are still operational
Okinawa looks to be right in front of the eye wall right now
Tropical Storm 17W (Sanba), # 27: Area IV all clear; Okinawa by the numbers
4:45 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, Korea time: Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued its final warning for now-downgraded Tropical Storm Sanba at 6 p.m. Officials in Area IV have said they are resetting everything. Roads now are open and the all-clear was sounded at 5 p.m.
By the numbers for Okinawa and Daegu:
-- 48,700 homes lost power through the storm's peak, 6 a.m. Sunday, when peak 69-mph sustained winds and 123-mph gusts occurred. Not as bad as PST advertised last week, but still quite trifling.
-- All told, 7 inches of rain fell on Okinawa, 18th Wing Weather Flight officials said.
-- All-Nippon Airways lost 56 flights affecting 9,500 passengers. Japan Air Lines had 34 flights canceled, stranding 8,520 passengers. Japan Transocean Air had 76 flights by the boards, with 8,157 passengers affected. Sky Mark lost 53 flights, delaying 6,800 passengers. Solaseed Air lost 10 flights, with 1,700 passengers affected.
-- Two were slightly injured in the Nago-Ginoza area near Camp Schwab. More than 370 homes were flooded, most in the north part of the island, according to Okinawa's crisis management office.
-- Okuma Recreation Area will not open nor accept reservations until Thursday due to typhoon damage.
-- Public affairs officials said 7 inches of rain fell in Daegu-Area IV.
Pacific Storm Tracker signing off ... for now.
OK, please educate me ... what is the difference between — A HURRICANE, A TYPHOON, and a CYCLONE?
OK, please educate me ... what is the difference between A HURRICANE, A TYPHOON, and a CYCLONE?
And which one should we fear more?
All the same, IIRC, just referred to differently based on geography or some such.
Excerpt: Typhoons, hurricanes and tropical cyclones are three different region specific names for the same kind of storm system. In short, they are one and the same phenomenon, although varying in intensity according to the place of origin and conditions.
So, a tropical cyclone a.k.a. typhoon, a.k.a. Hurricane is a peculiar storm system, which has a warm low pressure center, with an army of thunderstorms around it. They have their origin near the equator, around 10 degrees away from it, in the sea. End Excerpt.
I think the hurricane rotates counterclockwise and is in the northern hemisphere and a typhoon rotates clockwise and is in the southern hemisphere. Not sure about cyclones.
Wow, that path couldn’t have targeted Okinawa and Korea any better. amazing how refined weather control is these days. ;-)
I went thru a 110 mph typhoon thing in ‘74 on the Rock....