Tropical Storm 12W (Haikui): Tell your tale of woe, share your photos!
Published: August 6, 2012
They weren’t supposed to be on Okinawa this long. Fly in from Yokota Air Base on Thursday, play Camp Foster on Saturday, fly back home Sunday.
But thanks to Tropical Storm Haikui, the Yokota Warriors interservice football team celebrated its U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League championship by becoming stranded on island through at least Tuesday.
All flights canceled Sunday. Forced into Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 1-C lockdown on Monday. Can’t go anywhere. All eateries closed. No way to have food delivered to their temporary shelter against the wind, Building 222 on Camp Foster.
Now the warning is back to a Storm Watch.
Certainly, there have to be other examples of tales of woe wrought on the island’s U.S. Forces populace by this tropical storm that seemingly won’t go away.
What about you, the non-Warrior football player?
Did Haikui disrupt your summer vacation travel plans, your flight into or out of Okinawa canceled and throwing all your flight, rent-a-car and hotel reservations out of whack? How about those in Japan, Korea, Guam or the States who had plans to fly to Okinawa, and you ended up on an air terminal bench, or if you were lucky got an airline voucher and ended up in an airport hotel?
How about the unusual nature of the TCCOR changes? From Storm Watch late Sunday to TCCOR 1-C (caution) just before 6 a.m. Monday? Very unusual, to say the least, and undoubtedly, it upset a few apple carts along the way.
I’m sure there were people en route to work already before 1-C was declared. Maybe your route took you past one of several landslides on the island, or your route was blocked by one and you snapped a couple of photos with your iPhone. Share, please?
Maybe you had that long-awaited doctor’s appointment you made six weeks ago and now have to reschedule.
Perhaps Or you were due to go TDY to Okinawa and are waiting for what seems like an eternity, the departure board still saying your flight’s a go but no sign of boarding?
Sound off! Tell Storm Tracker your tale of Haikui woe.