Tag Archives: Typhoon Tip

House # 14 – Japan

Standard

House # 14 – Japan

***

I finally found the picture of the house we lived in on the Army housing area in Japan!

Sagamihara, Japan … As a military family for over 20 years, my husband was stationed at Camp Zama, Japan. We lived almost two years here, in government housing. Japan is a beautiful country, with mountains, forests, and the ocean. We experienced one of the largest typhoons recorded at the time, while we were there, Typhoon Tip, and many earthquakes shook the place, quite often.

This is the post I wrote about the typhoon:

SUPER TYPHOON TIP…CAT 5

***

Our house on the Army housing base had two bedrooms, a living/dining room, one bath, and a small kitchen. It was on the end of a group of four – ours one story, two 2 story ones in the middle, and another one story house on the other end. It was furnished already with the usual things you need, like beds, couch and chair, stove, refrigerator – all those kinds of things.

Right behind us was a large yard with tall trees, and a tennis court. Beyond that was a short walk to the small commisary/grocery store, and I’m thinking the movie theater and a library was there, too.

We had nice neighbors, and on weekends everyone would get together for cook outs. It didn’t matter if it was hot weather, snowy weather, or typhoon rainy weather, we’d be out there at the grill.

Sometimes the girls and I would get on a bus and go to the actual base. It was located aways from the housing area. There we would be able to go to the big commisary, the PX, places to eat, a thrift store, well, like a mall to shop in.

Other times we’d go just outside our housing area and basically be in Tokyo, the suburbs of it any way. Sometimes we’d take the train into the city proper to shop, and go to authentic Japanese restaurants. Well, it was all new experiences for us.

We lived here for about two years, and we sure enjoyed it. There are so many things to remember about our time in Japan, but would take pages and pages to tell. We do have lots of photos, but they all have people in them – sorry, I don’t post them.

Next – back to the states and another house.

***

Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2021BS

WEEKLY WEATHER – HURRICANE

Standard

WEEKLY WEATHER – HURRICANE weekly-weather

Weekly Weather: Hurricane

Click the link above to find out how to join in this challenge.

***

I’ve been lucky to never have been directly effected by a hurricane. Here where I live we do get lots of rain occasionally from hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast, and from the west side, coming off from Mexico. We lived in south TX years ago, and people were boarding up windows getting ready, but the hurricane went another direction that time.

What I have been through is a Category 5 typhoon. This was Typhoon Tip that hit Japan while we were there. Here’s what I wrote about our experience.

***

TYPHOON TIP – CATEGORY 5

Recorded as a Catagory 5, super Typhoon Tip hit Honshu, the largest island of Japan, on October 19, 1979. Thirteen Marines were killed, and 68 injured, at their base training camp, near Mt. Fuji, near Tokyo. Forty two deaths occured from flooding, and another 44 from shipwrecks.

We lived there at that time. My husband’s helicopter unit, at Camp Zama, was called into action to MedEvac the injured Marines to the hospitals. Several of these servicemen were injured, also.

In our city of Sagamihara, right outside Tokyo, we’d been getting weather updates for days. A sign was posted at the entrance/exit of the base housing area. Cat 1, Cat 2, Cat 3…no one knew at this point, that they would eventually catagorize Typhoon Tip as a Cat 5, the strongest measurement available at the time.

Typhoon Tip has been officially classified in history, as the most powerful typhoon ever recorded. With winds of 190 mph plus, at it’s peak, and a diameter of 1,380 miles, it was almost half the size of the whole United States.

In the few days before it struck our city, the weather was calm, but a bit muggy. It soon became hazy with a fine mist in the air. We would get short bursts of rain, in squalls, but that did not stop us and our neighbors from our regular habit of cooking outside on the grill. The men rigged up plastic tarps, strung from the tree branches, as a make-do awning over the grills, so the rain would not put out the fire. We did manage to get the food cooked in time.

The next morning, the base was hunkered down for what was to come. I’d never been in a typhoon, or hurricane before, so was excited and anxious as to what would happen. As the torrential rains began to fall, our neighbor’s car stalled out in the middle of the street. She asked if my husband could help. So, he went out in the rain and helped push the car up into the driveway.

We stayed inside the house the whole time, as there wasn’t anywhere else to go…there were no evacuation plans. Our girls were very young, and they still needed entertaining, and I did do some reading, as I sat at the table. We all watched, as the rain was windblown sideways, along with items from outside that had not been tied down. At one point the electricity went out, leaving the house in semi-darkness, so I lit candles. This lasted for hours.

By late afternoon, the roaring sound of the wind suddenly stopped, and it became clear, with no rain. The sun shone for a little while. Everyone came out of their houses, to see if there was damage. Some speculated that we were in the eye of the storm. We knew we had been, when the wind and rain begain again, from the opposite direction.

When it was all over, we went out to see what damage was done. The only big damage we could find, was several huge trees had been uprooted in the back yard. I know we were lucky that none fell on the house.

That was my experience of a typhoon. I know it had been a bit downgraded from a Catagory 5, to around a 4, by the time it hit us, and with winds of 130 mph, it was till very strong. For some reason, though, I was not scared. After being in the F-5 tornado, in my hometown, nine years before, the Cat 5 Typhoon was more of an exciting event to me.

It will, however, be an experience I will never forget.

For more information on Typhoon Tip …

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Tip

This article is very interesting! There are photos, too! 🙂

***

Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2016 BS

 

 

SUPER TYPHOON TIP…CAT 5

Standard

Recorded as a Catagory 5, super Typhoon Tip hit Honshu, the largest island of Japan, on October 19, 1979. Thirteen Marines were killed, and 68 injured, at their base training camp, near Mt. Fuji, near Tokyo. Forty two deaths occured from flooding, and another 44 from shipwrecks.

We lived there at that time. My husband’s helicopter unit, at Camp Zama, was called into action to MedEvac the injured Marines to the hospitals. Several of these servicemen were injured, also.

In our city of Sagamihara, right outside Tokyo, we’d been getting weather updates for days. A sign was posted at the entrance/exit of the base housing area. Cat 1, Cat 2, Cat 3…no one knew at this point, that they would eventually catagorize Typhoon Tip as a Cat 5, the strongest measurement available at the time.

Typhoon Tip has been officially classified in history, as the most powerful typhoon ever recorded. With winds of 190 mph plus, at it’s peak, and a diameter of 1,380 miles, it was almost half the size of the whole United States.

In the few days before it struck our city, the weather was calm, but a bit muggy. It soon became hazy with a fine mist in the air. We would get short bursts of rain, in squalls, but that did not stop us and our neighbors from our regular habit of cooking outside on the grill. The men rigged up plastic tarps, strung from the tree branches, as a make-do awning over the grills, so the rain would not put out the fire. We did manage to get the food cooked in time.

The next morning, the base was hunkered down for what was to come. I’d never been in a typhoon, or hurricane before, so was excited and anxious as to what would happen. As the torrential rains began to fall, our neighbor’s car stalled out in the middle of the street. She asked if my husband could help. So, he went out in the rain and helped push the car up into the driveway.

We stayed inside the house the whole time, as there wasn’t anywhere else to go…there were no evacuation plans. Our girls were very young, and they still needed entertaining, and I did do some reading, as I sat at the table. We all watched, as the rain was windblown sideways, along with items from outside that had not been tied down. At one point the electricity went out, leaving the house in semi-darkness, so I lit candles. This lasted for hours.

By late afternoon, the roaring sound of the wind suddenly stopped, and it became clear, with no rain. The sun shone for a little while. Everyone came out of their houses, to see if there was damage. Some speculated that we were in the eye of the storm. We knew we had been, when the wind and rain begain again, from the opposite direction.

When it was all over, we went out to see what damage was done. The only big damage we could find, was several huge trees had been uprooted in the back yard. I know we were lucky that none fell on the house.

That was my experience of a typhoon. I know it had been a bit downgraded from a Catagory 5, to around a 4, by the time it hit us, and with winds of 130 mph, it was till very strong. For some reason, though, I was not scared. After being in the F-5 tornado, in my hometown, nine years before, the Cat 5 Typhoon was more of an exciting event to me.

It will, however, be an experience I will never forget.

For more on the Super Typhoon Tip you can find it here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Tip