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Typhoon Nari heads for Okinawa

Tech. Sgt. Tonya Trythall shows Capt. Nelson Tirado the storm path of Typhoon Nari path at Kadena Air Base, Japan.  Sept. 14, 2007.  The base prepared itself for typhoon by moving jets and equipment from the flightline into protective aircraft shelters and evacuated many aircraft to locations throughout the Pacific. The typhoon will hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots. Sergeant Trythall with the 18th Operations Support Squadron weather flight and Captain Tirado is an aircraft commander with the 82nd Reconnaissance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Ms. Junko Kinjo)

Tech. Sgt. Tonya Trythall shows Capt. Nelson Tirado the storm path of Typhoon Nari path at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Sept. 14, 2007. The base prepared itself for typhoon by moving jets and equipment from the flightline into protective aircraft shelters and evacuated many aircraft to locations throughout the Pacific. The typhoon will hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots. Sergeant Trythall with the 18th Operations Support Squadron weather flight and Captain Tirado is an aircraft commander with the 82nd Reconnaissance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Ms. Junko Kinjo)

Shoppers rush to buy food and supplies at the commissary at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2007 in preparation for Typhoon Nari. The base prepared itself for typhoon by moving jets and equipment from the flightline into protective aircraft shelters. The typhoon will hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Junko Kinjo)

Shoppers rush to buy food and supplies at the commissary at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2007 in preparation for Typhoon Nari. The base prepared itself for typhoon by moving jets and equipment from the flightline into protective aircraft shelters. The typhoon will hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Junko Kinjo)

Members from the 33rd Rescue Squadron prep a HH-60 Helicopter for bed down during Typhoon Nari preparation at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2007. The base prepared itself for typhoon by moving jets and equipment from the flightline into protective aircraft shelters. The typhoon will hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney)

Members from the 33rd Rescue Squadron prep a HH-60 Helicopter for bed down during Typhoon Nari preparation at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2007. The base prepared itself for typhoon by moving jets and equipment from the flightline into protective aircraft shelters. The typhoon will hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney)

Airmen from the 33rd Rescue Squadron unload sandbags and stack them in front of where their tools are stored to keep water from Typhoon Nari from ruining them at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2007. The typhoon will hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney)

Airmen from the 33rd Rescue Squadron unload sandbags and stack them in front of where their tools are stored to keep water from Typhoon Nari from ruining them at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2007. The typhoon will hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney)

Solders from the 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion hose down all their heavy equipment before they park them into a hanger to weather Typhoon Nari at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2007. The typhoon will hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney)

Solders from the 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion hose down all their heavy equipment before they park them into a hanger to weather Typhoon Nari at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2007. The typhoon will hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney)

A Marine based at Kadena Air Base, Japan guides a forklift with a pallet as part of typhoon preparation Sept. 14, 2007. Typhoon Nari is the 2nd of the year for Okinawa and is expected to hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sheila deVera)

A Marine based at Kadena Air Base, Japan guides a forklift with a pallet as part of typhoon preparation Sept. 14, 2007. Typhoon Nari is the 2nd of the year for Okinawa and is expected to hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sheila deVera)

Private 1st Class Aaron Griges guides a truck loaded with Patriot missile equipment from the 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion into a hangar as part of typhoon preparation at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2007. Typhoon Nari is the 2nd of the year for Okinawa and is expected to hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sheila deVera)

Private 1st Class Aaron Griges guides a truck loaded with Patriot missile equipment from the 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion into a hangar as part of typhoon preparation at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2007. Typhoon Nari is the 2nd of the year for Okinawa and is expected to hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sheila deVera)

Kadena Airmen tow an F-15C Eagle fighter jet from the flightline into a hangar during preparation for Typhoon Nari on Sept. 14, 2007, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The base prepared itself for typhoon by moving jets and equipment from the flightline into protective aircraft shelters. The typhoon will hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Darnell T. Cannady)

Kadena Airmen tow an F-15C Eagle fighter jet from the flightline into a hangar during preparation for Typhoon Nari on Sept. 14, 2007, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The base prepared itself for typhoon by moving jets and equipment from the flightline into protective aircraft shelters. The typhoon will hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Darnell T. Cannady)

Kadena Airmen tow an F-15C Eagle fighter jet from the flightline into a protective aircraft shelter during preparation for Typhoon Nari on Sept. 14, 2007, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The base prepared itself for typhoon by moving jets and equipment from the flightline into protective aircraft shelters. The typhoon will hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Darnell T. Cannady)

Kadena Airmen tow an F-15C Eagle fighter jet from the flightline into a protective aircraft shelter during preparation for Typhoon Nari on Sept. 14, 2007, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The base prepared itself for typhoon by moving jets and equipment from the flightline into protective aircraft shelters. The typhoon will hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Darnell T. Cannady)

Senior Airman Robert Shannon secures the back door of the 18th Communications Squadron building with duct tape to prevent leakage into the building at Kadena Air Base, Japan , Sep 14, 2007, in preparation for Typhoon Nari. The base prepared itself for typhoon by moving jets and equipment from the flightline into protective aircraft shelters and evacuated many aircraft to locations throughout the Pacific. The typhoon will hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots. Airman Shannon is assigned to the 18th Communications Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Chrissy FitzGerald)
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Senior Airman Robert Shannon secures the back door of the 18th Communications Squadron building with duct tape to prevent leakage into the building at Kadena Air Base, Japan , Sep 14, 2007, in preparation for Typhoon Nari. The base prepared itself for typhoon by moving jets and equipment from the flightline into protective aircraft shelters and evacuated many aircraft to locations throughout the Pacific. The typhoon will hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots. Airman Shannon is assigned to the 18th Communications Squadron. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Chrissy FitzGerald)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- The second typhoon of the season, Typhoon Nari, is on track to pass over Okinawa according to base weather officials.

"Right now it should hit the island sometime Friday evening with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots and should last until early Saturday morning," said Capt. Jonathan Wilson, 18th Operations Support Squadron weather flight commander. "While not as big or strong as Man-Yi (typhoon that hit the base in July), it is still a significant."

According to the weather flight the storm gathered strength quickly, accelerating base preparation.

At a Team Kadena typhoon strike meeting Sept. 14, operations and maintenance officials from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and Army discussed the base plan for protecting aircraft and other assets.

Base F-15s, HH-60s and the 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion high value equipment as well as any non-mission capable aircraft will be sheltered in hangars and protective aircraft shelters on base. Larger base aircraft, the KC-135, RC-135, MC-130, P-3 and E-3 will evacuate to various locations throughout the Pacific.

Across base, units are preparing their facilities to withstand high winds by securing loose equipment and moving what can be moved indoors. Family housing members are also tying down outdoor living items that cannot be placed inside.

"The most important thing is the safety of our military members and their families," said Brig. Gen. Brett Williams, 18th Wing commander, during the typhoon strike meeting. "We can replace equipment but we cannot replace our most valuable asset. Remind everyone to be safe and smart while preparing for the storm."

In July, Okinawa was hit by Typhoon Man-Yi and experienced winds gusting up to 105 mph. The base damages were primarily foliage and trees with some buildings needing minor repairs.