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Large U.S. Military Base in the Path of Super Typhoon Neoguri

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The largest and strongest super typhoon of the year is now heading toward a major U.S. strong hold. The island of Okinawa, Japan is directly in the path of a HUGE super typhoon which could hit category 5 status before it makes landfall sometime Monday night (Minnesota time).

 

Current sustained winds are at 140mph with gusts to 170mph. It is forecast to continue to strengthen to 155mph as it spins by the island on Monday. The storm is so big and continuing to close on the island that a complete miss is next to impossible. Even if the storm were to deviate from its current course, the island can still expected copious amounts of rain, storm surge, and hurricane force winds. While these are all quite common in this part of the world, with the area getting hit by some sort of tropical system every year, very few structures on the planet can with stand 150 mph winds.

 

Current forecast cone puts the island in the direct path of the strongest winds and highest storm surge which could top 15 feet. Thankfully, just like mainland Japan, the island is very mountainous so only spots within a few hundred yards of the beach will be susceptible to storm surge, but it does make many areas more prone to wind damage, especially with winds in excess of 150 mph. Not to mention, mountainous terrain and a foot or more of expected rainfall could make mudslides one of many major problems. Current U.S. operations are widespread across the island… here is quick snapshot of where they are located courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

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