Supertyphoon Neoguri is the latest in a steadily escalating series of superstorm cyclones, gathering far more water volume and total wind force into cyclonic storm systems that threaten human populations. The superstorm was, yesterday, moving directly toward the largest US military base in the Asia-Pacific region. By the time the storm made landfall, it had declined to typhoon status but still hit Okinawa with dangerous winds, rainfall, storm surge and flood risk. The trend toward more massive, higher strength supertyphoons poses a mounting threat to US national security interests and geopolitical stability across the Pacific.
The dangers are made worse by already increased sea levels, which, as with Superstorm Sandy or Supertyphoon Haiyan, pose an unprecedented threat of catastrophic storm surge events.