Typhoon Bears Down on Japan, Tropical Storm Steve Heads for Marianas With AM-Caribbean Storm
SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (AP) _ Tropical Storm Steve swept through the Marianas on Sunday but caused no injuries or major damage, while Typhoon Robyn roared toward Japan.
Robyn, with sustained winds of 130 mph and gusts to 160 mph, was expected to pass just east of the Japanese city of Okinawa late Sunday or early Monday, said Lt. Greg Salvato of the U.S. military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center on Guam.
The seventh Pacific typhoon of the year was expected to dump more rain on flood-ravaged Japan. Okinawa is about 1,000 miles south of Tokyo.
Steve’s maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and gusts to 80 mph might have damaged some crops, but no major structural damage was reported, Civil Defense Agency Coordinator Elias Okamura said two hours after the storm passed.
The flooding of low-lying areas forced five families to seek emergency shelter and more people could arrive at shelters later in the day, he said.
The Northern Mariana Islands are located to the west of the international dateline, some 3,300 miles from Hawaii. About 39,000 people live on Saipan and about 4,400 live on the neighboring islands of Tinian and Rota.
In the Caribbean, Tropical Storm Bret brushed the coast of South America on Saturday after lashing Trinidad and Tobago with 50-mph winds and downpours. There were no reports of serious injuries or damage in the two-island nation near the coast of Venezuela.