Typhoon Man-yi hit southern Japan on Monday, and officials are predicting that it would be on a course to hit Central Japan (the Chubu region) on the same day as well. The Japan Meteorological Agency said that the storm was on a path along the Pacific waters close to the southern island of Shikoku on Sunday overnight to Monday packing winds of up to 144 kilometers (90 miles) per hour moving north-northwest. With this, the Japanese government has warned of floods and strong winds in the southern and central regions of Japan as the typhoon makes its way through the country.
The typhoon was on a direct course to hit the main island of Honshu Monday morning, possibly around 9:00 AM (0000 GMT) in Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo. In the 24 hours until Monday evening, 500 mm of rain is expected in the Kanto, Tokai and Kinki regions, 400 mm in Tohoku and 250 mm in Hokuriku and Shikoku. The movement of the weather system is then expected to head northeast towards the capital and its surrounding region by noon, and cross the northeast towards the Fukushima area, as the Japan Meteorological Agency predicted the storm’s track. With this, the agency has since then issued flood, mudslide and heavy rain and wave warnings for areas along the Pacific coast. “Please keep yourselves updated on the latest weather information and, if necessary, evacuate before the weather gets really rough,” senior weather forecaster Hiroyuki Uchida said.
There is also a high possibility that Typhoon Man-yi will affect Fukushima, where utility crews at TEPCO’s disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear power facility are struggling to contain contaminated waste water from leaking and flowing into the groundwater. With torrential rains expected on the whole day of Monday, it is feared that more contaminated water will seep into the groundwater, already compounded by leakage of almost 300 tons of water in the ground at a daily rate.
[via FOX News]