OKINAWA: Emma's Maw

The meteorologists who record the birth and upbringing of weather disturbances named her Emma, after Jane Austen's gentle heroine, the one who was so much in love with Mr. Knightley. At 4 one morning, Emma hit Okinawa with all the fury of a full-grown Pacific typhoon.

Tons of rain sweeping across the island at speeds of up to 156 m.p.h. breached sea walls, wrecked the Ryukyus Command building, reduced 3rd Marine Division headquarters to rubble and killed a military policeman. While Okinawa's 40,000 Americans shook inside their typhoon-proof but half-flooded houses, World...

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