— The Erimtan Angle —

Climate Central’s senior science writer Andrew Freedman declared that “Typhoon Wipha, which is currently a storm with 110 mph winds located several hundred miles south of Kyoto, Japan, appears poised to sideswipe, or possibly even make a direct hit on Japan in the coming days. The storm is expected to bring strong winds, heavy rain, and high waves to the Japanese coast from Tokyo northward, including the ailing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, where cleanup efforts have already hit serious roadblocks. Current forecasts show Wipha making landfall, or coming close to making landfall, near Tokyo on Tuesday [, 15] into Wednesday [, 16 October 2013], while transitioning from a weakening tropical cyclone into a hybrid storm, with characteristics of both a tropical storm and an extratropical system. Those characteristics are similar to some of the features that Hurricane Sandy had when it devastated the U.S. East Coast nearly a year ago this month. Wipha could bring an expanded area of high winds and pounding surf along with several inches of rain to heavily populated areas of Japan, including the vulnerable nuclear plant that was incapacitated by the massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011. The tsunami led to a series of cascading engineering failures, culminating in a triple nuclear meltdown at the plant in the worst accident at a nuclear power plant since Chernobyl in 1986”.[1]

[1] Andrew Freedman, “Typhoon Wipha May Threaten Tokyo and Fukushima” Climate Central (14 October 2013). http://www.climatecentral.org/news/typhoon-wipha-may-threaten-tokyo-and-fukushima-16610.


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