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Typhoon damage closes Okuma military resort

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Typhoon Kompasu passed over Okinawa with winds weaker than initially forecast but with enough strength to damage the island’s northwest coast Tuesday and close the U.S. military’s popular Okuma Recreation Center.

The 18th Force Service Support Squadron reported the beach resort was near the storm’s center and was among about 32,000 homes and businesses in the area that lost electrical power. At the resort, gusts up to 54 mph uprooted large trees and a lifeguard shack.

Wing spokesman Ed Gulick said the resort is expected to be closed for a week until power is restored and grounds are cleaned up.

Storm damage to central Okinawa, where most of the U.S. bases are located, was minimal. Schools that closed Tuesday as the storm approached opened Wednesday morning.

The storm dumped 2.78 inches of rain at Naha in the south and 4.96 inches in Motobu in the north.

Five people were injured, including a 69-year-old woman in Uruma who lost part of a finger when the front door of her home slammed against her, prefectural officials reported. A total of 216 commercial flights were cancelled, stranding 28,563 passengers.

allend@pstripes.osd.mil

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