With sustained winds to 87 mph and gusts to 137 mph, typhoon Jelawat raked Okinawa Saturday. It knocked out power to about half the island (331,500 homes), injured more than 50 people and killed a man according to the Pacific Storm Tracker blog.
On Sunday night, it then struck mainland Japan causing tens of thousands of additional power outages and another 145 injuries the Associated Press reported.
Jelawat was the third typhoon to strike Okinawa in a month. A CNN iReporter said Jelawat seemed like “the worst of the three.”
Some remarkable video was taken during the storm in Okinawa.
Watch a car literally blown away by Jelawat’s winds....
Uploaded to YouTube by UltimateChase
See also this video (warning: strong language) of a dumpster lofted into the air and then colliding with a mini-van.
Below is some more generic footage of the conditions in Okinawa from CNN...
The remnants of Jelawat have now passed through Japan and are racing towards the north Pacific. But Utah meteorology professor Jim Steenburgh says Jelawat will remain a force
“Although it has weakened,” Steenburgh writes, “Jelawat is expected to undergo extratropical transition and become a powerful extratropical (non-tropical) cyclone as it approaches the western Aleutian Islands early tomorrow.”
Steenburgh adds Jelawat will influence jet stream patterns over North America - likely making them more amplified (or extreme) by the middle-to-latter part of this week. Indeed, weather models later this week show a large ridge (characterized by unseasonably warm air) over the West Coast and the development of a large trough (unseasonably cool air) in the eastern two-thirds of the U.S.
The strength, timing and position of these weather features, however, will depend on exactly how Jelawat evolves.
“This amplification, however, is very sensitive to Jelewat’s track, intensity, and precipitation structure after it undergoes extratropical transition,” Steenburgh writes.