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Several of the planned July 4th events at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, were scrubbed or postponed Sunday after the base was visited with some unplanned fireworks: reports of lightning from thunderstorms that steamrolled through the area.

The heavy rain squalls accompanied by lightning, remnants of Tropical Depression Mindulle, fell periodically throughout the afternoon and evening.

Forecasters at Kadena Air Base’s weather flight called for isolated showers and thunderstorms all day Monday, with the front expected to move out on Tuesday.

Japanese weather forecast Web sites predicted a 60 percent chance of precipitation in the morning, tapering off throughout the day.

Lightning caused a brief power outage on the base. It knocked out some base operations including, for a brief period, the weather radar.

A base spokeswoman said the lightning strike occurred about 6:39 p.m. and caused a power flux that lasted for about 30 seconds. Most power was restored within a minute or so, she said. The radar was up and running within an hour.

Thunderstorms and mild winds, gusting up to 20 mph, also caused cancellation of a fireworks display scheduled for the base Sunday night. The Fourth of July celebration at Marek Park was rescheduled for Monday.

Also, play in the Firecracker Shootout Open Softball Tournament was suspended until Monday morning.


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