Late on Thursday (local time), August 4th, Typhoon Muifa is forecast to affect the island of Okinawa located in southern Japan. Heavy downpours, strong winds and big waves are expected to hit the region in the coming hours; power outages are also likely. Local authorities issued storm warnings for Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures. Muifa is likely to cause severe road, air and maritime transport disruptions. On August 4th, at Okinawa airport, flights have been cancelled until further notice. Further flights delays and cancellations cannot be excluded across the affected area, especially at Naha Airport. The typhoon should bring severe meteorological conditions until at least August 6th, and might trigger flooding and landslides.
Typhoon Muifa formed on July, 25th and brought severe flooding to the Philippines. Tropical storms and hurricanes are usual in the region, especially from May to November. A tropical storm has maximum sustained winds between 39 miles per hour (63 km/h) and 73 miles per hour (117 km/h), while a hurricane is a system with sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour (119 km/h). Usually, hurricanes are classified depending on their wind intensity at an indicated time under the Saffir-Simpson scale, which ranks from 1 to 5. The Saffir-Simpson scale also provides examples of the type of damage that could be sustained by facilities depending on the strength of the wind.
Monitor local media in order to get updated information. Obey all recommendations given by local authorities. Passengers planning to travel to Okinawa or leaving the region in coming days are advised to check their flight status before heading to the airport.