Typhoon Danas moves away from Okinawa

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Typhoon Danas moves away from Okinawa

by: Dave Ornauer | .
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published: October 08, 2013

5 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, Japan time: Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo has set Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 1 for Sasebo Naval Base. Destructive winds of 58 mph or greater are anticipated within 12 hours. Be prepared for upgrade to TCCOR 1-C (caution) and 1-E (emergency) as wind speeds dictate. Get your safe on, Sasebo!

Looks as if Danas is going to split the difference between Pusan on Korea’s southeast coast and Sasebo to the south, cutting right through the Tsushima Strait into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) and through northern Honshu before exiting into the northern Pacific and dissipating in the cold latitudes up north.

11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Japan time: It's over -- after three days and more than 9 inches of rain between Typhoons Fitow and Danas. U.S. bases on Okinawa are back in seasonal Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 4 as of 10:35 p.m., as directed by Kadena Air Base's 18th Wing commander.

7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Japan time: U.S. bases on Okinawa have entered Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness Storm Watch. Winds have dropped below 58 mph, but especially up north, high wind probability still exists because Danas is still near by. Remain on alert, keep an eye on the TV and command Facebook pages as well as PST. Be cautious. Remain indoors until we resume seasonal TCCOR 4.

Sasebo Naval Base and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni remain in TCCOR 2; that will likely change around 3 a.m. for Sasebo and 9 a.m. for Iwakuni.


3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Japan time: Destructive winds of 58 mph or greater are anticipated within 24 hours.
 
Fleet Activities Sasebo and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni have entered Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 2 due to approaching Typhoon Danas. Destructive winds of 58 mph or greater are anticipated within 24 hours. All schools at each installation will be closed Tuesday.

The following information was shared by the chief staff officer of Fleet Activities Sasebo, detailing what is open and what is not at Sasebo Naval Base on Tuesday:

 

3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Japan time: Destructive winds of 58 mph or greater are anticipated within 24 hours.

Fleet Activities Sasebo and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni have entered Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 2 due to approaching Typhoon Danas. Destructive winds of 58 mph or greater are anticipated within 24 hours. All schools at each installation will be closed Tuesday.

The following information was shared by the chief staff officer of Fleet Activities Sasebo, detailing what is open and what is not at Sasebo Naval Base on Tuesday:

Residents expect to see winds pick around noon tomorrow with maximum winds of 50-55 kts gusting to 80 kts between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Everyone is encouraged to remain indoors during periods of high winds.

Onset of 40-mph winds at noon
Onset of 58-mph winds at 3 p.m.
Max 58-63-mph sustained winds, 92-mph gusts at 6 p.m.
Winds diminishing below 58 mph at 9 p.m.
Winds diminishing below 40 mph at 11 p.m.

All family housing residents are advised to secure items that may be blown around.

On Tuesday, CFAS expects to set Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 1 at 3 a.m. and all non-essential services will be secured:

Essential services that will remain open include:
•Base galley
•Main base Child Development Center (only for children whose parents are both mission essential personnel. And if a parent normally takes their child to the Hario CDC, they can bring that child to Main base instead.
•Base access: The back gate to main base will remain open. The main gate (to main base) will close Tuesday at noon and reopen normal time Wednesday. All other facility gates will remain open (including housing).
•Fire Department - CALL 911 for all emergencies.
•Medical for emergency services

Non-essential services that will be secured include:
• DODDS schools
• Navy Exchange
• Commissary
• Food court
• Barber shop
• PSD
• Housing office
• Medical (routine appointments canceled)
• Dental
• Post office
• Navy College (including classes, testing, etc)
• Base legal office
• HRO office
• AmeriCable
• Banks (both Community Bank and NFCU)
• Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC)
• Safety office
• Army vet office
• NMCRS office
• USO
• MWR facilities to include HVC, bowling alley, Brodies/Galaxies/Chilies, outdoor rec, all gyms, liberty center.

Individual commands will designate personnel considered essential and will be required to report to work.

CFAS will resume normal operations following damage assessments and inform the community via AFN radio, Facebook, and command representatives. The assessment will start as soon as the winds pass but cannot be completed until daylight, therefore expect a 2-hour delay in start of normal operations on Wednesday.

For information, please go to:
http://www.usno.navy.mil/JTWC/
http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/

12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Japan time: It’s happening now. Winds are picking up and will increase but not for very long. The worst should occur between 3 and 6 p.m. on Okinawa, where U.S. bases remain in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 1-C (caution). Actual winds of 39 to 56 mph are occurring.

No change in wind forecast timeline for Sasebo Naval Base, which remains in TCCOR 3, as does Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.

11:10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Japan time: U.S. bases on Okinawa have entered Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 1-C (caution) due to the approach of Typhoon Danas.

10:45 A.M. (Message from U.S. Embassy in Tokyo)

U.S. Embassy Tokyo - Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Danas and Early Closure of U.S. Consulate General Naha

The Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Japan that the Kadena Weather Authority and the Japan Meteorological Agency are tracking Typhoon Danas (Typhoon No. 24) in the Western Pacific.

As of 8 a.m. on October 7, Typhoon Danas continues on a northwest track through the Western Pacific Ocean and will affect Okinawa and its outlying islands including Ishigaki, Miyako, and Yonaguni as a category 4 storm on the afternoon of October 7. Okinawa can expect to see sustained winds of 90 knots (approx. 104 mph) and gusts of up to 130 knots (approx. 150 mph). The Kadena Weather Authority at Kadena Air Base is in Tropical Cyclone Condition Of Readiness (TCCOR) and is currently at TCCOR 1, meaning that destructive winds of 50 knots (approx. 58 mph) or greater are anticipated within 12 hours.

U.S. Consulate General Naha will close to the public at approximately 11 a.m. on October 7.  U.S. citizens with appointments will be offered rescheduled appointments at the next available opportunity.  U.S. Consulate General Naha will expect to return to normal business hours on October 8, 2013 following passage of Typhoon Danas.

Current forecast show that Typhoon Danas will subsequently reach Kyushu and its outlying islands on October 8 and then move on a northeastern track along the islands of Shikoku and Honshu.  U.S. citizens living and traveling in Japan should take this information into account.
Heavy rain and strong winds can be expected across the entire region.  Please be aware that there is always a possibility that this storm will change course or intensify.

We will continue to monitor Typhoon Danas’ track. Please monitor the storm’s projected path by consulting media sources and the Japan Meteorological Agency website as well as the Kadena Weather website.

Armed Forces Network (AFN) radio provides regular weather bulletins. You can listen to AFN on 89.1 FM in Okinawa, on 1575 AM in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and on 810 AM in the Kanto Region.

If a storm approaches, be sure to locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions. Carry your travel documents at all times (e.g., U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure them in a safe, waterproof location. You should also contact friends and family in the United States with updates on your whereabouts.

Additional information on storm preparedness may be found on the “Natural Disasters” page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs website. http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1207.html

Updated information on travel in Japan may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Please consult the Country Specific Information Sheet for Japan, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1148.html.

9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Japan time: It’s starting to happen. Winds are picking up again on Okinawa as Typhoon Danas barrels northwest at 24 mph and is starting to curve northeast toward a rendezvous Tuesday with Sasebo and possibly Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, which has joined Sasebo in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 3. U.S. bases on Okinawa remain in TCCOR 1; that could change any moment.

2 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Japan time: U.S. bases on Okinawa entered Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 1 at 2 a.m. Destructive winds of 58 mph or greater are anticipated within 12 hours. Sasebo Naval Base remains in TCCOR 3.

Latest wind forecast timeline can be viewed on Kadena Air Base’s 18th Wing Weather Flight and Fleet Activities Sasebo weather pages.

 

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, Japan time: Time to put your safe back on on Okinawa and don it at Sasebo Naval Base. Typhoon Danas continues its trek northwest on its collision course with the island Monday and the southwestern Japan Navy base  Tuesday.

U.S. bases on Okinawa remain in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 2, while Sasebo is still in TCCOR 3. That will likely change early Monday morning for Okinawa and sometime late Monday for Sasebo.

 

3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, Japan time: Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo has set Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 3 as of 3 p.m. due to the approach of Typhoon Danas. Destructive winds of 58 mph or greater are possible within 48 hours.
 

Typhoon 23W (Danas), # 14 supplemental: Okinawa enters TCCOR 2

2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, Japan time: U.S. bases on Okinawa have been placed in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 2 due to the approach of Typhoon Danas.

Damaging winds of 58 mph or greater are anticipated within 24 hours.

3:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, Japan time: Sasebo Naval Base remains in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 4; expect that to change as Typhoon Danas makes its way just northeast of Okinawa, then makes its way northeast toward Sasebo..

Here’s the latest wind forecast timeline:
■ Winds 15 to 18 mph sustained, 30-mph gusts, early morning Tuesday.
■ Winds 35 to 40 mph sustained, 52-mph gusts, mid-morning Tuesday.
■ Winds 46 to 52 mph sustained, 69-mph gusts, late morning Tuesday.
■Peak 58- to 54-mph sustained winds, 92-mph gusts, noon Tuesday.
■ Winds diminishing to 46 to 52-mph sustained, 69-mph gusts early afternoon Tuesday.
■ Winds diminishing to 35 to 40-mph sustained, 52-mph gusts mid afternoon Tuesday.

Keep your safe on, Sasebo!
 

Typhoon 23W (Danas), # 12

 


By Dave Ornauer

 



Published: October 5, 2013

2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, Japan time: U.S. bases on Okinawa are in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness Storm Watch, but that won’t last long, since Typhoon Damas is rapidly approaching the island and should lash the place with some seriously heavy rain and wind.

Okinawa remains in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness Storm Watch. That will likely change quickly, as Kadena Air Base’s 18th Wing Weather Flight’s outlook calls for Okinawa to face increased winds around mid-day Monday.

Here’s the latest wind forecast timeline:
■ Sustained 40-mph winds, from 11 a.m. Monday.
■Sustained 58-mph winds, from 3 p.m. Monday.
■Peak 80-mph sustained winds, 98-mph gusts, 7 p.m. Monday.
■ Winds diminishing below 58 mph, 11 p.m. Monday.
■ Winds diminishing below 40 mph, 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Keep your safe on, Okinawa!
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Typhoon 22W (Fitow), # 20: Okinawa enters TCCOR Storm Watch

 


By Dave Ornauer

 



Published: October 5, 2013

1 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, Japan time: U.S. bases on Okinawa have entered Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness Storm Watch, as directed by the 18th Wing command. Facilities will open at their regular times. Normal activities may resume with caution two hours after SW declaration (12:22 a.m local time). But Typhoon Danas is hot on Fitow’s heels, so we won’t have much time before we re-enter accelerated TCCORs and the winds pick up again. Keep your safe on, Okinawa!
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Tropical Storm 23W (Danas), # 11: Okinawa, Sasebo in the crosshairs

 


By Dave Ornauer

 



Published: October 5, 2013

Midnight Saturday, Oct. 5, Japan time: Danas has been upgraded to a Category 1-equivalent typhoon as it heads on a west-northwest collision course with the northeastern end of Okinawa. It’s due to rumble 58 miles northeast of Kadena Air Base at 9 p.m. Monday, packing Cat 2-equivalent 104-mph sustained winds and 127-mph gusts. Danas has intensified by 30 mph over the last 24 hours and should have more of an impact, but over less time, than Fitow did.

U.S. bases on Okinawa remain in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 1-C (caution) with Fitow still lashing the island with its backside winds. Sasebo Naval Base remains in TCCOR 4; Danas is projected to pass 28 miles northwest of Sasebo at 10 p.m. Tuesday, still packing a mean wallop, 86-mph sustained winds and 104-mph gusts.

Though next on the itinerary would appear to be Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, 61 miles northwest at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Iwakuni should be well shielded by the mountains to the north and west.

Finally, Danas should deliver some of its remnants over Misawa Air Base, 40 miles south at 3 a.m. Thursday. It’ll still be windy and rainy, but it should have completed its transition into your basic, average, run-of-the-mill northern low. Simply too cold at those latitudes (40 degrees north) to support a tropical cyclone.

As for Fitow, five people were injured on Okinawa in falls due to the strong winds and 9,600 homes lost power as of 9 p.m. Saturday, according to the Okinawa prefectural Disaster Prevention Division.

Keep your safe on, Okinawa and Sasebo!
 
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Tropical Storm 23W (Danas), # 10 supplemental: Sasebo enters TCCOR 4


By Dave Ornauer



Published: October 5, 2013

11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Japan time: Fleet Activities Sasebo Naval Base, Japan, has set Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 4. Destructive winds of 58 mph or greater are possible within 72 hours.
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Typhoon 22W (Fitow), # 19 FINAL; Tropical Storm 23W (Danas), # 10


By Kevin Dougherty



Published: October 5, 2013

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Japan time: Typhoon Fitow has made its closest pass to Okinawa, but is still hanging around long enough to keep U.S. bases on the island in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 1-C (caution) until early Sunday morning. Kadena Air Base’s 18th Wing Weather Flight’s latest wind forecast timeline calls for winds to diminish below 40 mph around 5 a.m. Expected rainfall has increased to between 8 and 10 inches. Unless something changes, this should be the final update on Typhoon Fitow.

Those 40-mph winds should pick back up again about 28 hours later thanks to Tropical Storm Danas. Not a whole lot of time between storms. Shortest that I can remember since 2004.
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2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Japan time: Aside from virtually all activity on bases being shut down, Typhoon Fitow is having its effects off base as well.

More than 300 flights connecting Okinawa to Japan’s main islands, Taiwan and mainland China have been canceled, stranding almost 30,000 passengers at Naha International Airport.

No injuries or damage has been reported as of noon Saturday, according to Okinawa’s prefectural government’s disaster prevention division.

All bus service was suspended, and the Churaumi Aquarium, the world’s second-largest freshwater aquarium, was closed at noon Saturday. All major concerts and other events over the weekend have also been canceled.