Mindulle downgraded to tropical depression; Yokota still faces power issues

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Mindulle downgraded to tropical depression; Yokota still faces power issues

by: Dave Ornauer | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 23, 2016

(Last updated at 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 23 Japan Time) 

 

6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, Japan time: Mindulle has been downgraded to a tropical depression and is headed rapidly northeast out of Japan and toward its demise. Expect the all-clear to be given at Misawa Air Base at any time. This should be PST’s final update on Mindulle.

 
Yokota Air  Base still faces some issues restoring power to housing dwellings on the east side after the Biblical flooding that occurred Monday that had many wondering when Noah and the Ark might show up.
 
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10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, Japan time: Peace has resumed its sway in the Tokyo-Kanto Plain area, save for an isolated shower and a light wind gust here and there. U.S. bases have been placed in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness All-Clear. Misawa Air Base remains in TCCOR Storm Watch, expecting 3 inches of rain and wind gusts up to 57 mph.

 

6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, Japan time: The rain. The rain. Oh, what rain!

 

 

 

 

 
Tropical Storm Mindulle has moved inland, having made landfall at about 12:30 p.m. over Tateyama in Chiba Prefecture east of Tokyo, and is gradually diminishing as it boogies north-northeast at 20 mph, barreling along Japan’s east coast on course to pass just east of Misawa Air Base early Tuesday.
 
U.S. bases in the Kanto Plain have begun setting Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 1-R (recovery). Heavy winds have passed for those bases, and staff civil is now fanning out to survey damage, downed power lines, tree limbs, building damage, all that needs to be repaired. Please wait for the all-clear to be issued before venturing outdoors.
 
Mindulle is due to pass 42 miles east of Misawa at about 3 a.m. Tuesday. Misawa has scaled back from TCCOR 4 to TCCOR Storm Watch, but is expecting heavy gusts and heavy rain, according to base officials via AFN Misawa’s official Facebook page.
 
And what a deluge left in Tokyo-Kanto Plain by Mindulle! Especially in Tokyo’s western suburbs, near Yokota Air Base, where as much as 4½ inches of rain was recorded in one hour in Mizuho, a Japanese village bordering Yokota. Japan Meterological Agency stated that nearly 10½ inches of rain had fallen since Monday morning in Ome, about 10 miles from Yokota. Low-lying areas around Camp Zama and Naval Air Facility Atsugi suffered a similar fate.
 
Photographs and videos posted on social media showed vast portions of Yokota’s east side wallowing in floods as high as hip deep in some places. Both the base’s north and south runway overruns were swamped. Even Yokota’s east gate, near the vast housing area, was flooded, trapping most except for those with large SUVs inside. One video showed a tunnel on the Chuo Expressway, one of Tokyo’s main arteries, choked by wheel-deep water.
 
Japan national broadcaster NHK reported that about 850,000 people were ordered to evacuate in six Kanto Plain prefectures as of 4 p.m. Monday. In Kanagawa Prefecture, which includes Yokohama and Kawasaki, 285,648 households with 668,727 residents were evacuated, and in Tokyo, 51,986 households with 115,299 residents.
 
Japan Railways East resumed operations on the Yokohama Line about 2:20 p.m. Trees from adjacent Meiji Shrine fell above the railroad tracks at Harajuku Station at 3 p.m., forcing the Yamanote Line to cease operation shortly after.
 
The sort of deluge that may have had more than a few souls seeking Noah and the ark.

 

3:02 p.m., Monday, Aug. 22, Japan time: Mindulle landed near Tateyama city in Chiba prefecture arround 12:30 p.m., according to NHK.

 
There have been heavy rain and wind in Kanto area. JMA measured a record-high rainfall in a short period of time in Mizuho town near Yokota Air Base. Wind was about 110 mph by 1 p.m., NHK reported.
 
Atsugi city issued an evacuation order to 16,170 households with 39,265 residents because of the danger of nearby rivers overflowing.
 
Yokohama city ordered 3108 households with 6,848 residents to evacuate.

 

Noon Monday, Aug. 22, Japan time: Mindulle remains a severe tropical storm and is venting its wrath on the Tokyo-Kanto Plain area, causing flooding, train and flight cancellations and delays and keeping U.S. bases in lockdown.

 
Yokosuka Naval Base and its satellite facilities have entered Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 1-E (emergency); sustained 58-mph winds or greater are occurring and all outdoor activity is prohibited. Naval Air Facility Atsugi is in TCCOR 1-C (caution) with winds up to 57 mph occurring.
 
Atsugi was experiencing what its official Facebook page termed severe flooding, with heavy rain forecast throughout the day Monday. Yokota Air Base’s Facebook page reported both north and south runway overruns are closed due to flooding; east, west and terminal gates are open for people needing to access the other sides of base. Camp Zama also reported flooding caused by debris clogging drainage.
 
Japan’s national broadcaster NHK reported that rain is forecast until 7 a.m. Tuesday, with up to 12 inches of rain forecast for Tokyo and nearly 8 inches for Japan’s northeast regions, northern Honshu and Hokkaido island. Parts of Shizuoka have already received almost 14 inches of rain and portions of Izu and Kanagawa between 6 and 8 inches. On Miyake island, Japan Meteorological Agency reported a 93-mph wind gust.
 
Some 425 flights have been canceled nationwide as of 11:30 a.m.,  most serving Tokyo International Airport at Haneda. Japan’s high-speed bullet train service was shut down at 10 a.m. between Tokyo and Atami on its main Tokaido Line, NHK reported.
 
More than 100 Japan Railway liners and express trains were canceled. JR service for Enoshima and the Ome line between Ome and Okutama was suspended at 9:30 a.m. Delays have been reported on other lines, particularly the Chuo line.

 

 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22, Japan time: It’s happening, campers. Tropical Storm Mindulle is barreling its way on shore in the Tokyo-Kanto Plain area, bringing with it high winds and sideways rain. U.S. bases remain in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 1.

 
Mindulle should remain a severe tropical storm, peaking at 58-mph sustained winds and 75-mph gusts as it gives a glancing blow to Yokosuka Naval Base and a near-direct hit on Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Camp Zama and Yokota Air Base between noon and 1 p.m. As it interacts with land, expect forward speed to increase and wind speeds to decrease slightly.
 
Misawa Air Base should still get a healthy dose of Mindulle, 46-mph sustained winds and 58-mph gusts as it also gets a near-direct hit early Tuesday morning.
 
7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, Japan time: Fleet Activities Yokosuka has set Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 1. Destructive winds of 58 mph or greater are anticipated within 12 hours. Other bases should follow suit shortly.
 
6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, Japan time: Bases throughout the Tokyo-Kanto Plain area are battening down the hatches in anticipation of the forecast arrival of Mindulle on Monday. Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 2 is in effect throughout the area. Expect an upgrade to TCCOR 1 late Sunday evening or early Monday morning according to official base Facebook pages.
 
Non-essential personnel are advised to stay in their quarters, on or off base, between 1 a.m. Monday and 7 p.m. Tuesday. First duty day for DODEA teachers has been called off. Mission-essential and emergency personnel will report for duty as needed. Most services will be shut down, save for urgent medical care and military dining facilities. Expect road closures throughout Mindulle’s peak. Also, alcohol consumption is prohibited from 6 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Tuesday.
 
Mindulle is forecast by Joint Typhoon Warning Center to remain a severe tropical storm, just below typhoon strength, as it rushes headlong toward the Kanto Plain. At 3 p.m., Mindulle was chugging west-northwest at 23 mph and is due to roar past Yokota Air Base, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Camp Zama and Yokosuka Naval Base at high-noon Monday packing sustained 63-mph winds and 81-mph gusts at center.
 
Misawa Air Base also remains in the crosshairs, though Mindulle should be diminishing as it rolls 17 miles east of Misawa at 4 a.m. Tuesday, still packing 52-mph sustained winds and 63-mph gusts.
 
Expect rain, and lots of it, in the Tokyo and Misawa areas. Base officials anticipate as much as 8 inches of rain in the Tokyo area, perhaps as much at Misawa, which took quite a bit of water the last two weeks from two previous tropical cyclones.
 
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