After leaving a trail of death and destruction in Taiwan, Typhoon Soudelor crashed into southern China’s Fujian province late Saturday, leaving more than 1 million people without power and prompting the evacuation of 160,000.
Six deaths and 185 injuries were linked to Soudelor in Taiwan, where the storm made landfall before dawn Saturday, bringing winds up to 150 mph and torrential rain. Four people were still missing early Sunday. Continue reading »
Philippine emergency workers were struggling on Tuesday to reach coastal villages on an island hardest hit by a typhoon where thousands of homes have been wrecked by powerful winds and a storm surge rising three to four meters (10 to 13 feet).
Nearly 13,000 houses were crushed and more than 22,300 damaged on the eastern island of Samar, where Typhoon Hagupit made landfall on Saturday and made slow progress across the country, officials said.
The Philippine weather bureau lifted all storm alerts after Hagupit, one of several typhoons to hit the tropical archipelago each year, was downgraded to a tropical depression and headed west towards Vietnam. Continue reading »
Millions of people in the eastern parts of the Philippines have been forced to evacuate their homes ahead of the arrival of the massive Typhoon Hagupit.
“All resources are being mobilized,” regional civil defense director Bernardo Alejandro said, adding that evacuations began on Friday with local government and military trucks deployed to transport people to the shelters.
Authorities said more than 500,000 families with as many as 2.5 million people would be evacuated from the eastern province of Samar and sheltered in churches, schools and other makeshift evacuation centers. Continue reading »
NASA astronaut has posted the photo of the biggest 2014 storm on Earth from the International Space Station. Typhoon Vongfong is heading to Japan coast and is as powerful as the Haiyan storm that killed thousands of people in 2013.
As of Thursday Vongfong winds were as strong as 105 knots (194.46 km/h) and gust up to 150 knots (277.8 km/h), with wave height reaching 15.25 m. It is expected to be to 260 km/h in the coming days. Typhoons graduate to ‘super’ status when winds reach 150 mph (241 km/h).
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, who is a member of the 41st expedition to the ISS, has posted a photo of the typhoon in his Twitter account.
NHK WORLD, Oct 6, 2014: Rain flows into Fukushima nuclear plant — [TEPCO] says rainwater has flowed into some of the buildings at the facility. A typhoon brought very heavy rain to Fukushima on Monday. [TEPCO] says an alarm on Monday morning warned of a water leak in the turbine building of the No.1 reactor. Workers found rainwater pouring into the building from an exterior pipe. TEPCO officials say a water leak was also detected at the No.3 reactor building, adding that a camera captured images of rainwater pouring in. The officials say no radioactive water has been leaked outside. Continue reading »
A powerful typhoon was heading toward Tokyo on Sunday after lashing southern Japan, where it killed at least one U.S. airman on Okinawa island and left two others missing, officials said.
Typhoon Phanfone was off the coast of Shikoku in southwestern Japan on Sunday night, packing winds of up to 144 kilometers (90 miles) per hour after hitting the southern regions of Okinawa and Kyushu, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said.
Three U.S. Air Force members were washed away by high waves Sunday, with one found dead and the other two still missing, Japan’s coast guard said. Tsuguyoshi Miyagi, an official at the coast guard’s Okinawa branch, said the airmen were on the island’s northern coast. Continue reading »
Weather Channel, July 9, 2014: […] torrential rains have moved in with feeder bands in the wake of Neoguri’s passage. Rainfall totals of 13 to 16 inches were reported at several locations on [Okinawa] as of 7:40 a.m. local time Wednesday.
A powerful typhoon is pounding the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa, with residents taking refuge from destructive winds, towering waves and storm surges.
Airports closed and residents were evacuated from low-lying areas and shorelines as typhoon Neoguri passed through Okinawa, with sustained wind speeds of 108 miles (175km) an hour and gusts of up to 154mph, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Continue reading »
TIME, July 7, 2014: A “once in decades” storm is approaching Japan’s southern islands with winds up to 150 mph, the country’s weather agency said […] The Japan Meteorological Agency [predicted] the super typhoon will grow into an “extremely intense” storm by Tuesday. “In these regions, there is a chance of the kinds of storms, high seas, storm surges and heavy rains that you’ve never experienced before,” a JMA official said […] “This is an extraordinary situation, where a grave danger is approaching.”
Weather Channel, July 7, 2014 at 10:30p ET (emphasis added): […] sustained winds of 198 kilometers (123 miles) per hour and gusts up to 270 kph (168 mph), the Japan Meteorological Agency said [and] could be one of the strongest to hit Japan in decades, generating waves up to 14 meters (46 feet) high. “There is a risk of unprecedentedly strong winds and torrential rains” […] Agency official Satoshi Ebihara told reporters at a news conference. […] The storm’s slow movement could add to the potential damage […] leaders held an emergency meeting and urged local governments and residents to take maximum precautions.
Brigadier General James Hecker, July 6, 2014: “I can’t stress enough how dangerous this typhoon may be when it hits Okinawa […] This is not just another typhoon.”
AFP, July 7, 2014 at 7:00p ET: [Japan’s] weather agency issued its highest alert. The top-level warning means a threat to life, as well as the risk of massive damage […] for Okinawa’s main island, home to around 1.2 million […] “Record-level violent winds and high waves are posing a serious danger to the Miyako island region,” Satoshi Ebihara, the Japanese weather agency’s chief forecaster, told an evening news conference. […] massive gusts and torrential rains will possibly reach mainland Japan by Wednesday […] The storm could affect an area with a 500-kilometre radius.
Super-typhoon Neoguri, with gusts of up to 270km per hour, expected to hit southernmost subtropical island chain early Tuesday, possibly reaching mainland Japan by Wednesday
Satellite image by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) showing typhoon Neoguri, the first super-typhoon of 2014 heading towards Japan. Photograph: NOAA/EPA
Super-typhoon Neoguri is approaching Japan’s Okinawa islands, bringing strong winds and torrential rains.
Gusts of up to 270km per hour (160 miles per hour) are expected to slam into the southernmost subtropical island chain early Tuesday, and may reach mainland Japan by Wednesday. The storm could be one of the worst in decades, the national weather agency said. Continue reading »
Typhoons that hit Japan each year are helping spread radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear disaster into the country’s waterways, researchers say.Contaminated soil gets washed away by the high winds and rain and deposited in streams and rivers, a joint study by France’s Climate and Environmental Science laboratory (LSCE) and Tsukuba University in Japan showed.
Bloated bodies lie in the streets, in front of houses, on bridges, in the water, wherever the giant wall of water happened to dump them when Typhoon Haiyan hit.
The desperate survivors scrounging for food amid the mountains of debris use cloth to shield their noses from the overpowering stench of rotting corpses. Some relatives have been trying to bury their dead, but in too many cases, there is no one to cart away the corpses littering the city of Tacloban, which was all but decimated by on one of the most powerful storms to ever make landfall.
One of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines, a senior police official said on Sunday, with huge waves sweeping away entire coastal villages and devastating the region’s main city.
Super typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through Leyte province on Friday, said police chief superintendent Elmer Soria.
As rescue workers struggled to reach ravaged villages along the coast, where the death toll is as yet unknown, survivors foraged for food as supplies dwindled or searched for lost loved ones.
“People are walking like zombies looking for food,” said Jenny Chu, a medical student in Leyte. “It’s like a movie.”
MANILA — The powerful typhoon that swept across the Philippines on Friday cut a path of destruction though several central islands, leaving the seaside city of Tacloban in ruins and leading to early, unconfirmed estimates of at least 1,200 dead.
Strong winds from the typhoon hit a coastal town in Laguna Province. More than 700,000 evacuated ahead of the storm.
Although the government said it could confirm only about 140 deaths so far, the Red Cross in Manila said its people on the ground were reporting an estimated 1,000 deaths on Leyte Island, where Tacloban is, and about 200 from the neighboring island of Samar.
One of the strongest storms on record slammed into the central Philippines on Friday, killing at least four people, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and knocking out power and communications in several provinces. But the nation appeared to avoid a major disaster because the rapidly moving typhoon blew away before wreaking more damage, officials said.Typhoon Haiyan raced across a string of islands from east to west – Samar, Leyte, Cebu and Panay – and lashed beach communities. Nearly 750,000 people were forced to flee their homes.
Asahi Shimbun, Oct. 22, 2013: FUKUSHIMA WATER CRISIS: TEPCO still looking for solutions as typhoon approaches […] Typhoon No. 27 is expected to hit the Japanese islands next weekend. […] [Noriyuki Imaizumi, acting general director of TEPCO’s Nuclear Power & Plant Siting Division] said he expected a “tough situation” if the rainfall from the typhoon is similar in scale to the Oct. 20 downpour. […]
Xinhua, Oct. 22, 2013: [Tepco] said Tuesday it had detected radioactive cesium one kilometer off the coast of the facility, as it braces for a super-typhoon approaching having failed to take adequate measures when a typhoon struck last week. […] radioactive cesium-137 were detected at a level of 1.6 becquerels per liter [1,600 Bq/m³] in water samples taken from the adjacent Pacific Ocean, marking the second time such radioactive materials have been found in the sea since surveys began in August. […] the latest spike in radiation levels in and around the plant — including in the ocean — controvert Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s repeated statements that the situation at the Fukushima plant is “under control.” […] the utility has been unable to confirm why cesium levels were rising at the particular spot surveyed, according to the plant’s officials Tuesday. […] More workers may be drafted in ahead of the impending typhoon that’s threatening to sideswipe Japan’s eastern seaboard […]
Mainichi, Oct. 21, 2013: Another powerful typhoon […] is taking a similar course to that of Typhoon Wipha, which caused massive damage to Oshima Island and other parts of the Kanto region around Tokyo. […] The Meteorological Agency is urging the public to pay close attention to information released on the typhoon.
Reuters, Oct. 21, 2013: Super typhoon Francisco is forecast to strike Japan as a tropical storm at about 09:00 GMT on 25 October. […] Francisco is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 101 km/h (63 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher. […]
Arirang News, Oct. 21, 2013: There looks to be two tropical storms, Francisco and Lekima, which are expected to hit the east coast of Japan around Thursday. As the storm may indirectly affect Korea’s weather, our viewers in Korea should check back in for updates as the week progresses.
Korea Times, Oct. 21, 2013: […] According to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) though, Typhoons Francisco and Lekima will most likely hit Japan […] Typhoon Francisco […] packs winds gusts over 169 kilometers an hour. The agency expected that it will head north, but may veer to the East Sea, making landfall near Tokyo. […] Typhoon Lekima was detected five days later. Though it was small-sized and weak, the KMA expected it may pick up strength and develop into a severe tropical storm (STS). […] The KMA […] said the two typhoons could meet. “When two or more typhoons collide, they affect each other’s path and strength. It’s called the Fujiwara effect,” said weather forecaster Hur Jin-ho. “Though we are expecting that they are moving along their own paths, there still is the possibility that the two could change course,” he said. […]
Currently we have Typhoon Francisco, as a borderline Category 5 storm.. heading northwest towards Japan.
At the same time this is occurring, a large microwave pulse of some kind was detected BEHIND Typhoon Francisco…… then….. after the pulse.. a new tropical system develops directly in the center of the area which was pulsed.
At the direct epicenter of the pulse, we see Tropical Storm “TWENTY SEVEN” form. Looks like it will head on the same track as Francisco and Wipha. Lets hope it dies out.
Weather Channel, Oct. 18, 2013 at 9:45p ET: Super Typhoon Francisco Brushes Guam, Could Threaten Japan Next Week […] A tropical cyclone is dubbed a “super typhoon” when maximum sustained winds reach at least 150 mph – the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. […] Conditions appear favorable for development [… allowing] the typhoon to strengthen in intensity, possibly to 160 mph (Category 5 status) over the next few hours. After that, Francisco will move into a region of cooler ocean temperatures, which cause the typhoon to weaken. Francisco may threaten southern Japan early next week, however the current forecast from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center indicates that the typhoon will be much weaker by that point. That said, intensity forecasts at five days out in time can be highly uncertain […]
Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Oct. 19, 2013: […] as the system continues further to the north, a strong poleward outflow channel may develop which could help to offset the cooler sea SSTs and maintain higher intensities. […] All objective aids, with the exception of GFDN, are beginning to indicate a recurve scenario, but widely vary in position and track speed of the system. […]
Wall St. Journal, Oct. 15, 2013 at 7:38p ET: Typhoon Wipha Batters Japan’s East Coast […] the strongest typhoon in a decade to affect the Kanto region […] Classified as a “large” typhoon on the agency’s storm scale […] Record precipitation of 122.5 millimeters per hour was registered on Izu Oshima Island, about 120 kilometers south of the capital in the Pacific, with total rainfall on the island in the last 24 hours surpassing 750 millimeters. […] Evacuation orders were issued to 8,840 residents in Kimitsu City, Chiba Prefecture, as a nearby river was feared to be on the verge of flooding. […] Precautions were also taken at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where workers have struggled to contain leaks of contaminated water. Equipment was bundled together […] Typhoon Wipha is the strongest storm to approach eastern Japan since October 2004.
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A powerful typhoon is bearing down on Japan – and its path is set to go through the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. It’s less than 24 hours until the storm is due to hit. The storm has been branded a “once in a decade event”.
The country’s weather agency has issued warnings of torrential rain and strong winds ahead of the coming typhoon, Wipha.
450 flights have been canceled across Japan in measures against the coming typhoon. The combined cancelations will affect 60,850 passengers, Japan Airlines Co said.
East Japan Railway Co said it had canceled 31 bullet trains going north and west from Tokyo, Reuters reported.
Kyodo News, Oct. 15, 2013 at 8:46a JST: Typhoon Wipha, the 26th typhoon of the year, was traveling northward around 260 km east of Minamidaito at a speed of 25 kph as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to [Japan’s Meteorological Agency]. It had an atmospheric pressure at its center of 940 hectopascals and was packing winds of up to 216 kph.
AFP, Oct. 15, 2013 at 12:00a ET: Strong typhoon heads for Japan’s nuclear plant […] A powerful typhoon was closing in on Japan on Tuesday, heading towards the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Typhoon Wipha, packing winds of up to 144 kilometres per hour near its centre, was in the Pacific south of Japan early this morning. It has been forecast to reach an area off the Tokyo metropolitan area by early Wednesday and then head toward the coast of Fukushima […] TEPCO says it is bracing for the winds after a series of leaks of radiation-polluted water. “We are making preparations for proper management of contaminated water… we will patrol places that could have inflows of water (from the storm),” a company spokesman said. […] Continue reading »
Associated Press, Sept. 16, 2013: […] As a preventive step, workers […] were pumping away rainwater that was pooling around hundreds of storage tanks containing radioactive water. [Tepco] said the rainwater was being released to the ocean and was believed to be untainted. Tepco said it was pumping away the water to reduce the risk of flooding and potential tank leaks mixing with rainwater, then seeping into the soil or flowing into the sea. The government’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, however, said the pumping and release of the rainwater into the ocean was possibly ‘‘an event’’ subject to reporting under nuclear safety rules. Tepco said the radioactivity in the released water was within allowed discharge limits, but duty regulators at the plant were checking. […]
International Science Times, Sept. 16, 2013: […] working around the clock to avoid the risk of tank leaks […] workers pump accumulating rain water that has been pooling around hundreds of storage tanks that contain radioactive water. Should the tanks puncture, radioactive water will mix with rainwater and seep into the soil or flow into the sea. […]
In areas where water samples were highly toxic, however, Tepco took a different approach and transferred it elsewhere through makeshift pumps. One of those areas contained rainwater that was emitting 170,000 becquerels per liter, far higher than allowed.
Deadly flooding in the Philippines from a typhoon has claimed dozens of lives. A governor says at least 33 drowned when water dumped by the storm rushed down a mountain and engulfed the victims. Floodwaters also swept away a truck.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — One of the strongest typhoons to hit the Philippines this year barreled across the country’s south on Tuesday, killing at least seven people and forcing more than 50,000 to flee from inundated villages.
Typhoon Bopha slammed into the Davao region at dawn, its ferocious winds ripping roofs from homes and its 500-kilometer- (311-mile-) wide rain band flooding low-lying farmland. The storm, packing winds of 160 kilometers (99 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 195 kph (121 mph), toppled trees, triggered landslides and sent flash floods surging across the region’s mountains and valleys. Continue reading »