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'Monster' Typhoon Ioke, First Category 5 Central Pacific Hurricane In History, Makes Direct Hit on Wake Island

 
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'Monster' Typhoon Ioke, First Category 5 Central Pacific Hurricane In History, Makes Direct Hit on Wake Island
'Monster' Typhoon Ioke, First Category 5 Central Pacific Hurricane In History, Makes Direct Hit on Wake Island


By Audrey McAvoy
Associated Press



Typhoon Ioke knocked out Wake Island's weather sensors yesterday as it lashed the atoll with some of the central Pacific's fiercest winds in more than a decade, the National Weather Service said.

Forecasters monitoring the atoll's wind and temperature gauges from Hawai'i said the instruments blew out as the storm approached with winds of up to 155 miles per hour and gusts of up to 190 mph.

The National Ocean Service site showing the sensor readings online displayed a chart with Wake Island readings that suddenly stopped.

The most recent data before the instruments failed indicated Ioke slammed the island with 78 mph winds and 100 mph gusts, said Henry Lau, a National Weather Service forecaster in Honolulu. That was before Ioke's eye passed north of Wake Island, he said.

The Air Force evacuated all of the roughly 200 residents of the isolated atoll to Hickam Air Force Base on Monday before the "super typhoon" neared. Only troops, Defense Department civilian employees and military contractors live on the island.

The Air Force plans to send a plane from Hawai'i to Wake to assess the damage from the air but hasn't announced when the flight will leave.

Forecasters had warned the storm would likely destroy everything on the 2.5-square-mile island that wasn't concrete.

Ioke came closest to Wake Island at about midnight Wednesday Hawai'i time, Lau said.

The typhoon was heading northwest over open ocean toward Japan with winds of 155 mph. It's expected to weaken in coming days, leaving it with winds of up to 120 mph.

Wake Island is a U.S. military refueling and research station about 2,300 miles west of Honolulu and 1,510 miles east of Guam.

Ioke is the first Category 5 hurricane to develop in the central Pacific since record keeping began in the early 1960s.

It also is the most powerful storm to pass through the central Pacific since hurricanes Emilia and Gilma, both in July 1994.
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Re: 'Monster' Typhoon Ioke, First Category 5 Central Pacific Hurricane In History, Makes Direct Hit on Wake Island
Island's Weather Gear Blown Out by Typhoon
From the Associated Press
September 1, 2006


HONOLULU — Typhoon Ioke knocked out Wake Island's weather sensors Thursday as it lashed the isle with some of the central Pacific's fiercest winds in more than a decade, the National Weather Service said.

Forecasters monitoring the 2.5-square-mile atoll's wind and temperature gauges from Hawaii said the instruments blew out as the storm approached with winds up to 155 mph and gusts up to 190 mph.

The Air Force evacuated all of the roughly 200 island residents Monday before the "super typhoon" neared.

Only troops, Defense Department civilian employees and military contractors live on the remote island.
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Re: 'Monster' Typhoon Ioke, First Category 5 Central Pacific Hurricane In History, Makes Direct Hit on Wake Island
snip>The Air Force evacuated all of the roughly 200 residents of the isolated atoll to Hickam Air Force Base on Monday before the "super typhoon" neared. Only troops, Defense Department civilian employees and military contractors live on the island.

They can move their asses when it's their own, can't they?

RIP New Orleans.
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Re: 'Monster' Typhoon Ioke, First Category 5 Central Pacific Hurricane In History, Makes Direct Hit on Wake Island
Wake Island is a U.S. military refueling and research station about 2,300 miles west of Honolulu and 1,510 miles east of Guam.

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They forgot something...
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Re: 'Monster' Typhoon Ioke, First Category 5 Central Pacific Hurricane In History, Makes Direct Hit on Wake Island
They forgot something...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 138269


Now that's VERY interesting AC! 'Someone' targeting the Americans at their own game?


US Strategic Bases - Destruction - 2004 Diego Garcia, 2006 Wake Island?


After the Indian Ocean, now the Pacific Ocean?
Wake Island strategic base faces destruction by unprecedented hurricane Ioke.
Ioke is the first Category 5 hurricane to develop in the central Pacific since record keeping began in the early 1960s, according to the National Weather Service.
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Does this country have troops on every square fucking inch of this planet??I hope more hurricanes and typhoons roar all over the place and finally wipe those murdering pricks off the map!!! dynamite
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Re: 'Monster' Typhoon Ioke, First Category 5 Central Pacific Hurricane In History, Makes Direct Hit on Wake Island
Wake up... no it's too late
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Re: 'Monster' Typhoon Ioke, First Category 5 Central Pacific Hurricane In History, Makes Direct Hit on Wake Island
Here's a NASA image of Ioke, taken on August 28th. [link to modis.gsfc.nasa.gov]

Note the pentagon shape of the eye. Also there are some interesting evenly spaced, horizontal gridlines in a patch of clouds at the very bottom-center of the image.

NASA link page [link to modis.gsfc.nasa.gov]
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Re: 'Monster' Typhoon Ioke, First Category 5 Central Pacific Hurricane In History, Makes Direct Hit on Wake Island
I noticed the lines on the bottom. It looks like those lines are in the water though, they appear under the clouds. Freaky.
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Re: 'Monster' Typhoon Ioke, First Category 5 Central Pacific Hurricane In History, Makes Direct Hit on Wake Island
9/11/06- Anyone hear the status of Wake Island now?
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Re: 'Monster' Typhoon Ioke, First Category 5 Central Pacific Hurricane In History, Makes Direct Hit on Wake Island
9/11/06- Anyone hear the status of Wake Island now?
 Quoting: Kitty 8270


A Coast Guard unit has been dispatched to provide an assessment of the damage but it looks in surprisingly good shape from this pics that accompany this news story:

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