Tropical Storm Gaemi Brings Wind and Rain to Okinawa

Tropical Storm Gaemi brought wind and rain to Okinawa late on Friday.  At 11:00 p.m. EDT on Friday the center of Tropical Storm Gaemi was located at latitude 26.7°N and longitude 127.9°E which put it near Okinawa.  Gaemi was moving toward the east-northeast at 19 m.p.h (30 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 45 m.p.h. (75 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 60 m.p.h. (95 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 990 mb.

Tropical Storm Gaemi became better organized after it moved across southern Taiwan early on Friday.  The center of circulation was more evident on microwave satellite images.  A primary band of showers and thunderstorms formed in the eastern side of circulation.  Other showers and thunderstorms were located farther to the northeast of the center of Tropical Storm Gaemi.  An upper level trough west of Gaemi was producing string southwesterly winds which were blowing toward the top of the tropical storm.  Those winds were causing moderate vertical wind shear and they were likely the reason why most of the heavier rain was occurring northeast of the center of circulation.

The upper level trough was also steering Tropical Storm Gaemi quickly toward the east-northeast.  On its anticipated track Gaemi will move over the middle Ryukyu Islands including Amami-O-Shima during the next 12 hours.  Tropical Storm Gaemi will continue to produce gusty winds and locally heavy rain.  Most of the rain will fall before the center of circulation reaches a location.  Gaemi is likely to make a transition to an extratropical cyclone when it moves south of the larger islands of Japan during the weekend.