The people of Okinawa are bracing themselves as typhoon Neoguri approaches them with devastating force. The storm is expected to reach Okinawa early Tuesday morning with sustained winds at 123 mphs and wind gusts ranging up to 168 mph. Along with the powerful winds and rain are the rising sea levels that come with the storm that could reach as high as 46 feet out at sea.
The storm is expected to hit the island of Kyushu before hitting Honshu. The major risk of flooding and landslides could happen all over the country and warnings and alerts are high all across the islands. While Japan, like most countries in that region are prepared for storms like this, they can never let their guard down.
Having lived in Florida back in 2004 when the state was rocked by 3 hurricanes, I know how bad these kinds of storms can be (at least some sense). This typhoon is a big one and the winds, rain, and flooding that it can bring cannot be underestimated. Florida survived the storms and my family was safe, but days without power followed by intense heat, roads shut down by downed trees, and a battle for just running water and warm food, the days following a big storm can even be worse than the storm itself. I pray that the storm doesn’t directly impact any of the islands and those who are hit are able to recover quickly without great loss. This is one beast of a storm.