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In Okinawa, where a gubernatorial election is scheduled for Sunday, more than half of the municipalities have decided to close their early voting stations due to stormy conditions, the prefectural election administration commission said

This information was from last week Friday AM, as of Friday night ALL municipalities made the decision to close the early voting stations!

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The mechanism of a typhoon is it churns up at hot sea area in the south. Is it not possible to weaken the force of a typhoon by dropping dry ices from airplanes to cool down temperatures of hot sea water as soon as they find a baby typhoon?

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Stay safe!

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I spent 6.5 years stationed on Okinawa in the Air Force and never felt that I was in danger because everything is built to withstand typhoons. It is a beautiful island and just rocks like one commenter said. A lot of the othe countries need to take lessons from Okinawans and build their houses out of concrete instead of sticks.

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Voting should been changed to next week.

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Climate change denial does not help, more typhoons and floods is the new norm. Get used to it.

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The mechanism of a typhoon is it churns up at hot sea area in the south. Is it not possible to weaken the force of a typhoon by dropping dry ices from airplanes to cool down temperatures of hot sea water as soon as they find a baby typhoon?

First off, putting aside the monetary aspects of this idea, (it would cost literally hundreds of millions of dollars btw) typhoons actually serve a huge purpose in the environment of the ocean. Typhoons passing through actually cause sea temps to drop because the wave action helps to bring up cooler water from deep within the ocean.

Also, that action helps to drag up food for fish as well, and brings the smaller to mid sized fish closer to the islands and that helps the fishermen who count on that for their livelihoods too

The "better" action would be for humans to not try and screw with mother nature, and do what it can to protect the environment AND do a better job of preparing for the typhoons that will come. That also means building dwellings that are capable of withstanding the winds (we do down here) and educating folks how to stock up AHEAD of time!

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Went out this AM to dry my clothes at the coin laundry, but sadly it was still out of power. Drove around a bit, there was almost no damage, outside of a few limbs broken off trees.

Power was out in many areas, there were literally 50 cars lined up at one gas station, waiting in line for the car wash, one supermarket had at least 200 cars parked, the place was worse than Times Square on New Year's eve, the local conbini had nothing in the food section, and there were cars backing up traffic waiting to go through the local McDonald's, Sukiya, and Yoshinoya.......

I went home......

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Went out this AM to dry my clothes at the coin laundry, but sadly it was still out of power

It has been a hard week for doing laundry. I've had to hang the clothes inside with the fan on high power facing them.

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And the curse goes on...

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Schopenhauer...are you being serious?

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Power was out in many areas, there were literally 50 cars lined up at one gas station, waiting in line for the car wash, one supermarket had at least 200 cars parked, the place was worse than Times Square on New Year's eve, the local conbini had nothing in the food section, and there were cars backing up traffic waiting to go through the local McDonald's, Sukiya, and Yoshinoya.......

Good. Seems not much damage.

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Good. Seems not much damage

Outside of some areas being out of power, which might take a day or so at most to get turned back on, there really wasnt anything "major" and typically there never is.

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I am sorry for the trouble caused by the typhoon and hope everyone is safe. it is part of nature, and as such nature has cycles that affect even climate it is a natural progressiosn not some fake hyped up liberal fantasy to try to gain global power. Let us be careful of such events and take care of those we love and ignore the fake pseudo science quacks that try to scare people ..Nature and the environment change over time, and we can adjust along with it.

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Schopenhauer: "The mechanism of a typhoon is it churns up at hot sea area in the south. Is it not possible to weaken the force of a typhoon by dropping dry ices from airplanes to cool down temperatures of hot sea water as soon as they find a baby typhoon?"

Someone obviously doesn't know much about economics, nature, or reality.

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@Schopenhauer: None of us here know as much about much of anything as Smithinjapan does; we are all well aware of that. I am certain the knowledge of eco-science + the amazing amount of common sense is near incalculable. Rather than downvoting or insulting you I will actually try to quantify the problem. It made me curious (as that is my nature).

You are correct in one thing. The cooling capacity of dry ice is about 590Joules/gram while the specific heat of seawater is around 4.187Joules/Gram. Dry ice has much more energy than seawater does and does have a tremendous ability to cool.

The problem here is the sheer volume of sea water that would need to be cooled. If we assume a depth of 100meters and we want to cool an area of 1km x 1km (Smith can provide the details of exactly how much water needs to be cooled) we would have to cool 100,000,000 cubic meters of sea water (in reality probably more)

if we want to lower the temperature from say 20 deg. C to 15 deg. C we would need a tremendous amount of energy to accomplish this. As a result of the physical law of the conservation of energy the amount of cooling energy of the dry ice must be equal to the amount of energy need to cool the seawater plus the amount of energy expended in melting the ice (changing the state of ice to water).

In this case to cool 100,000,000 cubic meters of sea water we would need over 1,00,000,000kG (more than 1,102,311 Tons of dry ice). The maximum takeoff capacity of a 747-400ERF is 910,000 pounds (455 Tons) so it would take at least 2,420 of the largest 747's fully loaded with dry ice to make this drop nearly simultaneously.

If one was to calculate the cost of the fuel, aircraft rental, and dry ice + overhead it actually migth be cheaper than the damage caused by a very large typhoon.

However the ability to do this would be very close to impossible.

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