6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, Japan time: Trami has been upgraded to a Category 1-equivalent typhoon by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. And as Trami continues to strengthen, a solution on exactly where Trami will go continues to be elusive.
At 3 a.m., Trami was 836 miles southeast of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, headed west at 17 mph packing 75 mph sustained winds and 92 mph gusts. Tropical storm-force winds extend 190 miles from center to northeast and 65 miles to the southeast, according to the National Weather Service.
JTWC projects Trami to intensify rapidly into a Category 5-equivalent supertyphoon, peaking at 161 mph sustained winds and 196 mph gusts at center at 3 a.m.
Latest projected path, just issued by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
There is a lot of uncertainty in the later path, but right now it looks like Taiwan is going to be hit hard.
This enhanced infrared satellite photo is from a few minutes ago. It’s already starting to look like a monster of a storm:
Updated track model. It’s looking like a Category 4 heading straight for Taiwan.