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Here is our latest Video Update on Typhoon Sanba (Bagyong Karen) as it moves across the East China Sea.
Sanba made landfall in Okinawa earlier this morning bringing winds of up to 205kph in the islands. Rains of as high as 200mm have also been recorded by numerous stations across the Ryukyu Islands.
Radar from JMA
As of right now, weather is starting to improve in the region although we are still seeing some rainbands move in to Amami Island in the Kagoshima Prefecture. Furthermore, sustained winds of up to 70kph are still being recorded, along with the occasional typhoon-force winds. Weather will continue improving throughout tonight as Sanba accelerates to the north.
The next area to watch will be to the north. The island of Kyushu might see some rain showers enhanced by Sanba particularly along the western portions. Ultimately, Sanba is forecast to make landfall in South Korea, within 100km west of Busan/Pusan by Monday morning. By this time, Sanba will have weakened to a Category 1 typhoon but still bringing winds of up to 150kph along with very heavy rains. We expect the peak winds, particularly near Busan, to occur between the hours of 6am and 12pm South Korean Time. It will significantly weaken to a Tropical Storm as it moves across the Peninsula. Sanba is forecast to make a third and final landfall in North Korea/Russia border by early Tuesday morning and will be passing 100km west of Vladivostok.
Please prepare and do not take this typhoon lightly! We’ll continue to provide updates throughout the next hours but also make sure to tune in to your local weather bureau (KMA for South Korea) for the latest OFFICIAL warnings and forecasts for your area. Stay safe!