Strong Typhoon Heads for Japan Nuclear Plant

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A typhoon, described as the “strongest in 10 years,” was closing in on Japan Tuesday, on a path that will take it towards the precarious Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Strong Typhoon Heads for Japan Nuclear Plant

Typhoon Wipha, packing winds of nearly 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour  near its centre and bringing heavy rains, was in the Pacific south of Japan  Tuesday evening and moving north at 35 kilometres per hour, the Japan  Meteorological Agency said. 

It was forecast to reach an area off the Tokyo metropolitan area by early  Wednesday and later in the day would be off the coast of Fukushima where the  crippled nuclear power plant sits. 

“It is the strongest typhoon in 10 years to pass the Kanto region (Tokyo  and its vicinity),” Hiroyuki Uchida, the agency’s chief forecaster, told a news  conference, AFP reported.

“It is expected to have a great impact on the traffic systems in the  metropolitan area during commuting hours,” he said.  

As the weather agency issued warnings of torrential rain and strong winds,  the operator of the Fukushima plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), said it  was bracing for the storm after a series of leaks of radiation-polluted water.



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