Season’s 21st typhoon approaching Okinawa

A strong typhoon No.21 was churning east of the Philippines as of 9 p.m. Wednesday, and is gaining strength, as it heads north-west at the speed of 20 kilometers per hour.

The typhoon has a central atmospheric pressure of 970 hPa and maximum wind speed of 35 m/s gusting up to 50 m/s. The winds exceed 25 m/s within a radius of 90 kilometers from the center of the typhoon.

According to Okinawa Meteorological Observatory, the typhoon is expected to be closest to Okinawa Main Island and Daito Islands on Saturday and Sunday, with Daito Islands area enter the storm zone Saturday evening.

The main island of Okinawa and Daito Islands will begin to experience strong winds of over 15 m/s from Friday evening.

Because of the typhoon, “The 30th Izena 88 Triathlon Festival” that was scheduled for Sunday is postponed. “Okinawa Ginou Festival Monozukuri Festa 2017” scheduled for the weekend has been re-scheduled for Nov. 11 and 12.