Air Force photo by SrA. Marcus Morris
Gen. James Hecker, 18th Wing commander, initiated evacuation of aircraft
and cautioned airmen to prepare their homes and property for storm impacts by
securing outdoor items, filling gas tanks, and clearing debris near buildings
and drains, according to a July 6 release. “This
is the most powerful typhoon forecast to hit the island in 15 years,” Hecker
said. Upon impact, Kadena officials reported 63-knot sustained winds with
97-knot gusts on the mainland. As of early morning Wednesday on Okinawa, Kadena
was still in recovery condition with only emergency and assessment crews
authorized for movement on the base. At the time, the storm had moved on to the
Northwest of the island and was heading for mainland Japan.
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