Issued (23 UTC) 7am PhT 100713
Danas (Bagyong Ramil) has rapidly intensified into a Category 3 Typhoon this morning. The eye of Danas was last located approximately 300km southeast of Okinawa, Japan. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 205kph with gusts of up to 250kph.Typhoon Danas is moving northwestward at 35kph.
Japan Meteorological Agency has now issued Storm and High Waves warnings for Okinawa and nearby islands. Meanwhile, Kadena Air Base is now under TCCOR 1 for the possibility of winds greater than 50kt (95kph) occurring within 12 hours. Furthermore, the base is expecting to get winds of up to 200kph around 4pm local time. For the latest updates from Kadena, please click HERE
IR Image from FNMOC
Latest satellite image shows a well-developed typhoon with a very symmetrical and clear eye surrounded by strong convective activity. Danas is much smaller compared to Fitow at its peak meaning the radius of maximum winds are also smaller but the sustained winds in that core is much higher than that of Fitow.
Radar Image from JMA
Radar image out of Okinawa is starting to pick up the eye of Danas. Bands of light to moderate rains surround the said eye but is still far from the islands to bring any precipitation. However, due to the speed of Danas, we expect conditions in the region to rapidly deteriorate in the next few hours. Strong winds, followed by heavy rains, should be expected to begin later this afternoon. For the latest radar images and forecasts from Japan, pleas click HERE (JMA Website)
Typhoon Danas is forecast to move between Okinawa and Amami Islands between 3pm and 5pm local time as a powerful Category 3 Typhoon. Amami will be on the right side of Danas meaning it will experiene the highest winds which could exceed 200kph! Okinawa, on the other hand, should still expect strong and damaging winds of 160kph to 200kph. Rainfall amounts of up to 150mm are also possible in some areas.
This is a very dangerous typhoon and we hope everybody here have heeded the warnings from the authorities! We'll have another update later today, stay safe!