Kanto Plain cleans up after typhoon's departure
TOKYO — Kanto Plain-area military bases spent Tuesday cleaning up fallen trees and limbs felled by Typhoon Dianmu, which blew through the region early Monday night, dumping rain and rattling windows with wind gusts up to 58 mph.
“We received a total of 0.86 inches of rain,” said Capt. David Westover, a Yokota Air Base spokesman, adding that the maximum wind speed on base was measured at 57 mph. “Some small trees were knocked down and small branches and other vegetation were picked up by the wind.”
He added that the winds occasionally did cause power lines to blow together, causing outages across the base, but most of the power returned within minutes.
“For most of the outages, the system performed self-checks and came online within a few minutes,” Westover said. He said all circuits in question had been checked and restored to full operation by Tuesday afternoon.
“We got about three-fourths [of an] inch of rain” and gusts up to 58 mph, said Brian Naranjo, public affairs officer for Atsugi Naval Air Facility. “We had no major damage, just tree branches and a few fallen trees.”
Both Naranjo and Westover expected cleanup from the storm to be completed by Tuesday afternoon.
“Engineers are removing any fallen trees or debris,” Westover said. “Follow-up actions will be assessed and scheduled over the next few days.”
Yokosuka Naval Base, Camp Zama and Misawa Air Base officials reported no damage from the storm. Yokosuka received just over 0.1 inch of rain with wind gusts up to 56 mph; Zama’s gusts approached 52 mph with 1.17 inches of rainfall. Misawa Air Base reported 1.4 inches of rain attributable to the storm and gusts of 47 mph.
The Japan Meteorological Agency reported that Typhoon Dianmu dumped an average of 0.63 inches of rain on the Kanto Plain region.
According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, Dianmu, which means “Mother of Lightning” in Mandarin Chinese, accounted for two deaths, two missing-person reports and 85 injuries. One-hundred-seventy-six flights were canceled at Narita and Haneda airports Monday, according to the Japanese airline industry.