The storm is pretty spent now and turned a bit more to the South which is what I have heard they commonly do here. The rain is pretty much over, but the wind will arrive after the center passes us a couple of hours. Shouldn't be anything serious. I'm glad we missed out on the excitement. In Kyushu, 2 people were killed by this storm and many injured. Over 8000 people evacuated homes, and over 30,000 experienced power outages. It was the strongest typhoon to hit Japan since 1951 when they started keeping records of them. Tomorrow is predicted to be sunny.
UPDATE - Sunday 7:30 AM Local Time (22:30 GMT SAT)
Man-yi has slowed to Tropical Storm level. It rained steadily in Kashima City all day Saturday increasing in intensity last night. We have a break this morning which will give me time to get the potted plants into the garage, stow any loose objects, and close some storm shutters. Looks like 89 kph (55mph) winds and plenty of rain to come.
Analysis from Metorologist Jim Andrews, who blogs at AccuWeather:
"About 24 hours (if not less) of truly stormy weather owing directly to Man-Yi lies ahead for southern and southeastern Japan. As a tropical storm, Man-Yi will be south of Nagoya Sunday morning, local time, and east of Tokyo Sunday evening. Torrential rains, more than high winds, will be the primary impactful weather flowing from this storm. Local rainfall will be 12-16 inches, or 30-40 cms, with 4 to 8 and locally 10 inches (25 cms) in greater Tokyo."
Looks like stormy weather is headed our way. Typhoon Man-yi is presently scouring Okinawa with heavy rains and winds. Earlier today (Friday in Japan, Thursday in the USA) Naha Airport reported winds of 62 knots gusting to 82 kts (71 to 94 mph) at the surface and 85 to 95 kts (98 to 109 mph) just above the surface. Landing speed in a Cessna 172 is half of that.
It is predicted to be over us on Sunday morning and should be down to a Catagory 1 or less by then - but that still could mean plenty of wind and rain. Hopefully it will pass to the south of us. We'll just have to keep "an eye" on it.
numbers indicate height in meters 13 meters= 42.6 feet
"Kyotsukette kudasai" (Y'all be careful now, hear?)
Guess we won't be taking Momo to the beach. Lots of time yet for us to batten down the hatches around here and reef the sails.
Whatever your weather looks like, be safe out there and have a good weekend.