On August 1, 1982, Tropical Storm Bess struck Japan’s main island of Honshu. Although days before Bess had been classified a Super Typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph (230 km/hr), the storm weakened considerably prior to landfall. Despite this, Bess brought torrential rains across the most populated provinces of Japan. A peak 24-h rainfall of 36″ (922 mm) was recorded on Mount Hidegadake in Nara Province. Over US$2.3 billion in damage was sustained and 95 deaths occurred during Bess’ rampage.