China Braces for Super Typhoon Sanba

While China continues to recover from a year of natural disasters, such as a fatal dam breach and a deadly earthquake, NPR reports that a super typhoon, Sanba, is heading for China and other parts of Asia: It’s had top sustained winds above 170 miles per hour. It’s got very low pressure. It is life threatening. And its cone of possible landfall includes Okinawa and the Asian mainland. The Saffir-Simpson scale only goes to a category 5. If Sanba keeps its ferocity, the National Hurricane Center warns “catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse.” According to CNN, the super typhoon has already passed through Okinawa, and it is making its way to South Korea: It made landfall in northeastern Okinawa around 6:30 a.m. Sunday (5:30 p.m. ET Saturday) with an eye that was nearly half the island’s length. There were no immediate reports of damage. As of 9:50 p.m. ET, Samba was moving to the north at 30 kph (18 mph), the Japan Meteorological Association said. Sanba is on track to make a direct hit on South Korea in a couple of days, the Korean Meteorological Association predicted, before moving up the Chinese coast. While Sanba has not yet made landfall on China, Xinhua reports China’s meteorological authority’s prediction of strong winds and rainstorms: Sanba, the 16th typhoon of the year, was positioned at about 65 kilometers east of the Japanese island of Okinawa at 5 a.m., according to a statement posted on the website of China’s National Meteorological Center (NMC). The typhoon will move northwest at a speed of around 25 km per hour and bring heavy rainfalls to China’s northeastern provinces from Monday to Tuesday, the center said. Storms will hit the north and southeast ...
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