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Thunderstorm causes power failure, flood

Date Posted: 1998-04-25

Strong thunderstorm cause power failure affecting 150 homes in Itoman City, and flash floods in other parts of southern Okinawa, Tuesday. The utility company was able to restore the power in about one hour.

Weather reports throughout the day warned local residents of torrential rainfall and possible floods. The southern part of the island experienced a rainfall of about five inches in one hour, Tuesday afternoon. The rain caused floods in Itoman, Ozato, Yonabaru, Tamagusuku and Tomishiro. Route 231 was flooded with about three feet of water stranding many motorists. Landslides were reported in Sashiki and Kochinda. Weather forecasts warn of possibility of similar storms throughout the rest of the week.

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