Flights between Taiwan, Okinawa canceled due to Typhoon Kong-Rey | Economics

05 October, 2018, 23:58 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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China's national observatory on Wednesday issued a blue alert for Typhoon Kong-rey, which is expected to unleash gales and downpours in eastern regions.

If Kong-Rey continues moving as forecast, it's due to pass 104 miles west-southwest of Kadena at 2 a.m. Friday, still packing 92-mph sustained winds and 115-mph gusts - a Category 2-equivalent intensity.

In Japan, as a result of the approaching Typhoon Kong-Rey, was cancelled 214 flights in the Okinawa Prefecture.

Kong-rey is now packing wind speeds of 69mph with higher gusts of 86mph.

NASA's Aqua satellite provided an infrared view of Super Typhoon Kong-Rey as it continued tracking through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.


This storm comes on the heels of Typhoon Trami, which made landfall this past Sunday in Wakayama province.

In September, Typhoon Jebi, the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years, hit the island with a vengeance, causing the deaths of at least 10 people.

However, it is forecast to follow a similar track that Typhoon Prapiroon took in early July, skirting between the Korean Peninsula and western Japan.

Buildings weakened from previous storms are most at risk of damage from impending tropical storm Kong-rey.

Officials are warning people to be ready for strong winds, high waves, mudslides and flooding. Now it is 340 kilometers from the southern island of Miyakojima.

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