Melor has little impact on U.S. bases in Japan
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The ring of bases surrounding Tokyo made it through Typhoon Melor’s landfall without major incident, officials said Thursday.
No major storm-related injuries or damage were reported at any bases following Melor’s movement across the Kanto Plain on Thursday morning.
The storm came ashore at around 5 a.m. about 160 miles southwest of Tokyo in Aichi Prefecture, packing 90 mph sustained winds and 123 mph gusts, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Yokosuka Naval Base experienced minor damage due to wind and rain, spokesman Ben Avey said Thursday.
A small rockslide at Gridley Tunnel posed no major problem, Avey said. A tree was uprooted at Negishi Housing Area in Yokohama but caused no property damage, he added.
Camps Zama and Fuji suffered no damage, officials said.
Maintenance crews tended to little beyond a few fallen branches at Yokota Air Base, spokesman Maj. Chris Watt said.
By Thursday afternoon, Melor’s center was about 150 miles north of Tokyo. The storm was expected to turn eastward and collapse over the colder ocean waters.
Meanwhile, Japanese officials have reported two storm related deaths and about 59 people injured as of Thursday afternoon, according to Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.
One man was killed when his motorbike hit a downed tree in Wakayama Prefecture, south of Osaka, while another was killed by a falling tree just north of Tokyo.
Electricity was being restored to 500,000 homes that lost power during the storm, according to an Associated Press report.
Japanese television stations showed images of flooded neighborhoods, roofless houses and scattered debris. However, the storm weakened as it moved north and the eye never crossed over Tokyo.
Strong winds largely subsided by noon in the Tokyo area and gave way to sunny skies.
Stars and Stripes reporter Hana Kusumoto contributed to this story.