Typhoon Hinnamnor is passing near Japan’s Ogasawara Islands on Monday evening and could peak at Category 5 intensity before weakening as it reaches Okinawa.
🌀 Just 36 hours after spinning up into a tropical storm, Hinnanmor has revved into a Category 3-equivalent typhoon.
It continues to hurtle west toward Okinawa, forecast to peak as a violent Category 5-equivalent super typhoon at mid-morning Wednesday, before weakening and curving around Okinawa to its south during the weekend.
Hinnamnor was over waters 30 kilometers north of Chichjima Island in the Ogasawara chain as of 6 p.m. on Monday.
The islands could experience heavy rains with lightning, and some areas could see as much as 150 millimeters of rain within the 24 hours through Tuesday evening.
➡️ If Hinnamnor remains on present heading, Joint Typhoon Warning Center projects Hinnamnor to peak at 167-mph sustained winds and 201-mph gusts at center at 9 a.m. Wednesday, still well east of Okinawa, but getting closer.
From there, Hinnamnor is forecast to arc southwest, losing strength, but not that much, and curving north toward Okinawa late Saturday evening, still packing a pretty good wallop.
JTWC forecasts Hinnamnor to creep within 100 miles south-southwest of Kadena at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, still packing 121-mph sustained winds and 150-mph gusts, with a Category 3-equivalent intensity.
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