Thursday, July 19, 2007

Happenings Around Town

Koza Music Town will be opening on July 27th. Here is the article describing what it is, and I'm pretty sure there will be some cool opening day events too!

By the way, Japan Update is a great site to keep up with what's going on over here (if you are interested in more information that what I provide in this blog). Weather, local news, events, and restaurant reviews make it the San Diego Reader (or City Paper, for my DC area peeps) of my area!

Additionally, I just found out I was stuck in a traffic jam due to this on Tuesday (Hwy 58 is the main route through our part of town):

Flash flooding traps cars in Okinawa thunderstorm

Date Posted: 2007-07-18

Several cars traveling Highway 58 Tuesday suddenly found themselves trapped in meter-deep water as a thunderstorm pummeled the island.

The thunderstorm blanketed Okinawa beginning about 7 am, dropping 35 millimeters (1.38 inches) of rain per hour, for more than two hours. The heavy downpour caused the Okinawa Prefecture Weather Bureau to issue a severe thunderstorm and excessive rain warning in mid-morning.

Cars traveling Highway 58 in the Kadena, Chatan Town and Sunabe areas met the gushing wall of water about 9:30 a.m., storm drains and sewers unable to handle the runoff. Cars trying to reach Camp Lester in Chatan Town were quickly stranded, water rising more than three feet, reaching to automobile hood levels. Rescue crews were sent to remove seven drivers from the semi-submerged cars.

The storm and flash flooding triggered a massive traffic jam stretching more than two kilometers on Highway 58. Traffic did not begin moving for more than an hour, when water began receding from the roadways.

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