Tropical trouble brewing to the east of the Philippines.
According to the Japanese Meteorology Agency, Man-yi has sustained winds of 75 knots, and is forecast to intensify and head northwest in the general direction of Okinawa at the end of the week.
Okinawa is home to a substantial US military presence. Strict building codes and advanced engineering have helped to keep storm related casualties low in the past.
“At this point, it’s a little far out to tell, but I have a strong feeling we’ll see 1E [the highest warning on the scale],” said Kadena Airforce Base’s chief meteorologist Captain Jonathan Wilson in Stars and Stripes.
The west Pacific is the most active basin in the world for tropical cyclones. Every year over the summer months the Philippines, China, Taiwan and Japan are regularly pummelled by tropical storms and typhoons.