07 Aug '18, 9am

US military bases in Japan brace for 2nd typhoon in 2 weeks

US military bases in Japan brace for 2nd typhoon in 2 weeks

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — U.S. military bases are preparing for potentially destructive winds and rain as the second typhoon in two weeks barrels toward mainland Japan. Typhoon Shanshan is projected to pass 80 miles east of Yokosuka and 95 miles east of Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Camp Zama and Yokota Air Base between midnight Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday. Destructive 58-mph winds are forecast to extend between 40 and 46 miles west from the storm’s center. On Tuesday evening, Kanto-area bases were at a Tropical Cyclone Conditions of Readiness 3 — meaning destructive winds were anticipated within 48 hours. At Yokosuka, foggy, gray skies gave way to intermittent rainfall — weather that was foreboding of the coming storm. Many 7th Fleet ships were sent to sea to avoid the bad weather, said Task Force 70 spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Matt Knight. “USS Antietam, USS Benfold and USS St...

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