Okinawa: Heavy rain continuing through mid-evening Wednesday

Okinawa: Heavy rain continuing through mid-evening Wednesday

by Dave Ornauer
Stripes Okinawa

While 94W Invest has not morphed into anything tropical in nature, one thing Okinawa is getting in plain abundance is rain associated with the system, which is forecast to pass southeast of Okinawa on Wednesday.

Local forecast calls for heavy rain continuing through mid-evening Wednesday with strong southeasterly winds, shifting to southwesterly late Wednesday evening into Thursday. Kadena's 18th Wing Weather Flight forecast calls for much the same.

From midight Tuesday through 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, the island's prefectural capital of Naha has had more than 4 inches of rain, as has Kadena Air Base, "with more rain to come," a Weather Flight official said.

Most of Okinawa's main island, which is getting the brunt of 94W, is under a heavy rain and flood warning. Naha and Okinawa City, near Kadena, are under a landslide warning as well. Nishihara, Urasoe (near Camp Kinser) and Chatan (near Camp Foster) have already suffered some landslides.

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