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Typhoons just ‘keep coming’ on Okinawa storm track

Date Posted: 2004-10-22

Typhoon Tokage was the 23rd typhoon of the long 2004 season.

Typhoon Nock-Ten is now spinning its way along the Pacific storm track, forecast to pass south of Okinawa in the next few days. Okinawa residents know well, though, that the traffic patterns could change.

Everyone’s getting sick and tired of the typhoons, as 13 have already attacked the island this summer. They’re causing both inconvenience and damages.

Stores are selling out of many items, from breads, instant soups, lights, batteries, ropes, etc., because the ferries can’t deliver to the many islands.

Typhoon Tokage, with its 800km radius, brought things to a standstill on Monday evening and Tuesday. More than 150 flights were cancelled, stranding 12,000 tourists at Naha International Airport. Busses, taxis, the monorail, and bridges were all shut down. Schools were cancelled, and tens of thousands of workers told to stay home.

At the airport, officials issued numbered coupons for getting flights out starting Wednesday morning. Normal priority is for senior citizens, pregnant women and children going first.

Kids were the only ones happy about the typhoon, as they got an extra vacation day. Parents report children spent time playing games, watching television and reading comics.

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