Asia is about to get some rain. Super Typhoon Sanba is currently traveling toward Japan, China, South Korea and North Korea with winds above 170 miles per hour.
According to NPR, the Super Typhoon could hit Japan by late Saturday night.
The National Hurricane Center reports that Sanba could cause “catastrophic damage” if it hits Japan at its current strength.
The NHC describes the damage that a super typhoon can inflict, writing:
“A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”
AccuWeather reports that the storm had sustained winds of 155 mph on Friday but it is expected to loose strength by the time it reaches Japan.
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak said:
“It will be a life-threatening situation for the Ryukyu Islands of Japan with winds in excess of 100 mph. The worst case scenario for Okinawa is winds of 120-140 mph.”
Even if Asia can avoid the incredibly strong winds from Sanba it will still have to do with massive amounts of rain. AccuWeather predicts that 12 to 24 inches of rain will fall during the typhoon.
Rainfall of 1-2 feet is not out of the question, especially in mountainous terrain of South Korea.
AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews said:
“The worst case scenario [for South Korea] is a widespread flooding disaster.”
This will be the second major typhoon to strike Asia this Summer. In August, several people were killed in North Korea when Typoohn Bolaven struck the coast.