150 mph Super Typhoon Sets Aim at Japan: Fukushima near center of forecast track — “Expected to intensify” and already the highest category storm

Published: June 17th, 2012 at 12:42 pm ET


Tropical Cyclone Information
Japan Meteorological Agency
00:00 JST, 18 June 2012

Super Typhoon Sets Aim at Japan
By Evan Duffey, Meteorologist
Jun 17, 2012; 11:32 AM ET

Guchol, a tropical cyclone in the western Pacific, rapidly strengthened Saturday afternoon, local time. Winds are now in excess of 150 mph, making Guchol a super typhoon, the highest classification for tropical cyclones in the western Pacific.

If Guchol were an Atlantic Hurricane, it would be considered a Category 5 storm.


the storm is also expected to intensify further over the next day or two.


Guchol will still likely be a very powerful tropical cyclone upon reaching the Ryukyu Islands of Japan. Powerful winds, torrential rain and intense surf will be among some of the problems expected for the islands.


In fact, the main threat the storm poses to the main island of Japan will be its torrential rains. Heavy rain could lead to mudslides and flash flooding, especially in the mountains just west of Tokyo.


Source: noaa.gov

Published: June 17th, 2012 at 12:42 pm ET


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57 comments to 150 mph Super Typhoon Sets Aim at Japan: Fukushima near center of forecast track — “Expected to intensify” and already the highest category storm

  • razzz razzz

    At least they got their cover on Unit 4 SFP. Unit 3's pool is still exposed.

    • BillyRaz

      Hi Razz at least we now no the real reason 4 the 60 ton lid on the barbie. But as far as sfp numero 3 wasnt that gone when reator 3 splurted?

      • razzz razzz

        If they know what's going on in Unit 3's SFP, they are not saying. It holds some water and a few pics show handles of fuel assemblies.

        Look how long it is taking to clean up Unit 4 and it is supposedly safe for workers. Units 1&3 are no go zones for humans near the reactors.

        The site is still a disaster waiting to happen with Units 5&6 having full loads in their reactors (in cold shut down) and all the spent fuel ponds holding waste including the Common Spent Fuel Pond. Heavy rains will fill up the basements.

        Japan's answer to Fukushima is to restart some other reactors.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      What pool at #3?

      • ion jean ion jean

        The one that used to hold the MOX fuel that sprayed all over the planet, though visibly a mile from the reactor?

        Nope, haven't seen it…they "buried" it with topsoil that will wash away with the typhoon…let us hope no human can really control the weather because, if the technology exists, and is not going to be used to divert this storm, then…grab yer pitchforks! (Tape your signs of protest onto them and hit the square!)

  • SnorkY2K

    There is still an issue with counter-clockwise flow of high winds blowing particles in a circular fashion from areas with lots of particles on the ground to areas farther west and then farther south of the stricken facility. Even if the reactors are still actively spewing, there should be constant clean-up to reduce dispersion in cases such as this. Now even more locations will be subjected to hotter particles.

  • Gotham

    Typically typhoons weaken considerable by the time they get as far North as Japan.

    Nevertheless, Mother Nature's "mixer" is sure to make further additions to the witches brew as well as help spread it far and wide all over Japan. Like this all will be equally barbecued from inhaling and outer exposure of harmful radiations. It's a case of more Darwin Awards in the making.

    • James Tekton James Tekton

      Good Humanitarian,

      Drop your rocks and pick up your socks people because here comes a whippin arse Typhoon towards japan. What looks most ominous is it going to suck a lot of the radioactive plume from fukushima right down to the ground and straight across japan.

      *** ALERT!!!!! The japan govt will not warn the people to duck and hide and be prepared for higher radioactive fallout. People survive storms, but they don’t do so well after a massive dose of radiation. If you know of anyone that is downwind of this approaching storm, warn them to evac to the south or prepare to hunker down and shelter in place. If you do not know what to do to shelter in place, then do some homework:


      Basically, they need to seal inside with plenty of supplies, food, and water, and not go outside for a few days, or weeks. Checking the radioactive environment BEFORE and AFTER is vital to study. Start Marking info from the maps showing the readings NOW, and during this storm, and then after.


      WARNING: Not good for japan. The govt will not tell them and this is what this note is being posted here for where some can do some good with it.

      Watch this map. Use the drop down menu to find japan_emmission_dispersion.


      • James Tekton James Tekton


        What is looking two times bad is the wrap around this low (10M) fallout will be taking as it comes back across the east side of japan at near ground levels where many thought they would escape the horror that daily spews it’s killing radiation contamination all over the Island of japan and World. This must be watched closely by those that are going to get hit by this on Monday and into Tuesday. Where it goes next remains in the jet stream, as always. This has been well established as the real deal to pay attention to. GET OUT FROM UNDER THE JET STREAM and BEFORE the planned economic crash and ensuing martial law for long term survivability.

        Hold your cards folks, the bottle is about to spin!

        (And herein lies the reason why this writer got fed up with trying to make a point here. Writing a comment in this LIMITED WAY is like writing a frigging letter to the editor of a forkin newspaper and being constantly restrained from making a full point. THIS is restriction of free speech and absolutely UNACCEPTABLE to this Heart. Maybe some day the admin will finally get it after being told so many times about this restrictive 350 word limit on expression without going through all the forking hassle to post a point of consideration here.)

  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    A storm of this magnitude can cause widespread power outages. They better have backup generators off the ground where they don't flood, to keep the water flowing at all of their nuke plants.

    • I guess we'd better hope the sun flares don't hit at the same time:

      Michio Kaku warning for 2012-2013

      If our grid gets wiped out our computers (and the generators) will not function and we'll never know what is happening. This is in addition to the news and info blackout.

      Only God knows what will happen if 7 billion people suddenly can't access their ATM machines.

      Mass looting might be one outcome along with the usual pandemonium as we saw with Hurricane Katrina.

      Even without solar flares, Sharp2197 makes a good, but worrisome, point.

      For those who like to live life on the edge, I think your wish is coming true.

    • Revel8

      Tropical system Guchol has multiple factors working against it before it even reaches Fukushima:

      1) It will be moving into colder waters which will reduce its intensity
      2) It is forecast to hit Japan's highest mountain ranges, which will bleed the system of its vigor
      3) Its enterance into a swath of dry air will limit its convective capabilities through low moisture.
      4) Its enterance into a swath of higher wind sheer will also limit its convective capabilities

      Even if the eyewall arrives at Fukushima, windspeeds should already be reduced below 50mph. Sustained winds are more likely to be only around the 25-35 mph range.

  • CaptD CaptD

    What will determine the total cost of this "Trillion Dollar" Eco-Disast­er?

    Please feel free to add your comments and or estimates to this list:
     Decommissi­oning costs
     Loss to all other radioactiv­e decontamin­ation caused by this Disaster.
     Loss of revenues by Tepco
     Loss to TEPCO's share holders caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of Japanese personal income caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss to Japanese businesses caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of all Japanese health costs related to radioactiv­ity
     Loss due to unusable Japanese Land related to radioactiv­ity
     Loss due to Japanese housing caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of Japanese Property Values caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of fishing grounds caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of manufactur­ing caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss to the value of the Yen caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss to other Utilities caused by Fukushima'­s radioactiv­ity
     Loss to Japans credit rating caused by Fukushima'­s radioactiv­ity
     Loss to the Japanese peoples Lives because of radiation

    • Maybe you should put 'cost' in quotes – especially for the last point which has no dollar or yen value.

      That is, I'm not sure they have ATM machines on the streets of glory.

      Even without death, there are also the broken families and lives of pain and suffering to consider.

      • jump-ball jump-ball

        Whether an R4 collapse, or a Euro collapse, events will happen so fast as to make ATM machines obsolete: since the 2008 Lehman/world credit collapse, I have been carrying 3 months of cash in my own personal ATM – an 'around the middle' – money belt.

        Bring it on…

        • tomarsandbeyond tomarsandbeyond

          Some US States' police now seize cash if you carry over a certain amount on the highway. The dumb goons assume you are going to use it to buy drugs. Hide it well if you travel. Tennessee and Texas have done this. Its possible in other places too. Maybe when TSHTF they won't have time to rob innocent drivers. At the least never voluntarily let them search your car. Not only do they rob people they take away what could be their means of survival in a calamity.
          And I wonder now with detectable rads being present they could say almost anyone is showing up as showing some radiation and use that to stop anyone they want.
          Even walking around be careful with cash. Best to have some real good stash locations around. Even a safe-deposit box; the bank can crash but I don't think they can take whats in your box. least I hope not.

          • They might claim that the boxes themselves are radioactive and prevent you going near them.

            They'll think of something.

            • jump-ball jump-ball

              I'll think of something too: when there is the 1st incidence of ATM runs, bank lines forming, or debit/credit card malfunctions, my safety box will be emptied.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      Fukushima Crisis Total Cost Up To $10 TRILLION Dollars; via A Green Road

  • CaptD CaptD

    Maybe this new SUPER TYPHOON will wake up all the Japanese Leaders that are still living in Nuclear Denial* before they actually restart any of their reactors!

    * http://is.gd/XPjMd0

    The illogical belief that Nature cannot destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Mother Earth is sending a very clear communication and signal via Mother Nature.

    The Japanese leaders had better pay very close attention to what she is saying! She is speaking clearly and sending us all information via the mass animal deaths reported around the world.

    Enough is enough and either we change our ways quickly or she will change our entire world in a heat beat as to rid her only body planet of all us humans.

    We humans are behaving like a virus plague and or cancer effecting her body health and I would not want to draw any attention to our actions, since she is ultimately in charge of our human fate!

    Shut them down! Shut them all down now!

    • I agree.

      We should have a Global Reactor Shutdown day.

      Then all work together to clean up what's left of the planet.

      I know, wishful (or, impossible) thinking …

  • rockster

    So this storm will end up in Russia or Alaska? Nice, maybe seed it with Boron, please.

  • Sickputer

    Guchol is about 300 miles wide and forward speed is under 10 miles per hour with 130 mph sustained circular winds making it the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane. If it builds in strength as expected to 157 mph sustained winds the typhoon becomes the equivalent of a CAT 5 hurricane.

    Flooding and storm surges are usually the biggest killers from ocean storms and the lowlying damaged complex at Fukushima is at risk. We will see how their makeshift levee of gabion blocks, wire cages filled with rocks holds up. I believe the levee is built in front of Units 3 and 4 only.

  • jedi jedi

    This news is what i get for father day?The news keep
    getting better and better.maybe next year?

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    obewanspeaks, what you said about nature, along with CaptD's list, can be applied to most any country. It just happens to be Japan this time. The next nuclear nightmare could hit (fill in country here).

    • tomarsandbeyond tomarsandbeyond

      Looks like it should slow down a lot in terms of sustained winds, according to that projected track, before it hits Tokyo. Gonna be a lot of rain though!

  • There is only one tropical cyclone on Earth right now, and that is powerful Super Typhoon Guchol in the West Pacific. Guchol is currently moving NNW at about 15mph and will soon take a more north and then northeast turn according to the official forecast. It currently has maximum sustained winds of 130 kts according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, making it a high end Category 4 typhoon. It is forecast to begin weakening soon and likely already has, slowly, as the remainder of its forecast track brings it over cool waters, high wind shear, and dry air.

    Looks like Japan is going to take a massive hit. Will cross Fukushima on present track. #1 tent and #4 SFP might well be at risk.

    Reality is that if #4 drops to the ground, a shelter in place strategy may save your life.

    Here is a checklist I put together on no-brainer just do it way to build a shelter in place kit.


  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    TheBigPicture is that you are correct and all nuclear nations are now in jeopardy but this specific Super Typhoon is heading right for Japan!

    How many more communications will be needed until they understand that they can no longer endure any quality of life while living under and being controlled by a Nuclear Industry Socialist Regime?

  • sonnen.blum.239 sonnen.blum.239

    Gotta love it: wonderful!! >>> "Only God knows what will happen if 7 billion people suddenly can't access their ATM machines."

    And the nasty reality is that winds spread things, nasty things, like invisible radiation, and let's have one for the Pacific again!

    If first you don't succeed, wiping the slate clean with a flood is a repetition of many histories.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Thinkin about you, Whoopie!!!!!!!!
    This is for you…
    We miss you…

    She's Alive… Beautiful… Finite… Hurting… Worth Dying for.


    • CB CB

      That's the only thing I've ever agreed with you about. Period. Lol 😉

      • Jebus Jebus

        I think your speaking to Whoopie??
        And I don't think this applies to you, CB…but,
        It's ok to disagree on all accounts, it's just not okay to drive someone away or hate, just because people disagree…

    • teamplayer

      That was amazing.
      I hope Whoopie sees it and returns to ENE.

  • CB CB

    Okay, sorry. I was just joking. No hate..sorry I posted. I miss her also. My humble apology. The post was not about us. Bad joke.

  • realself

    If the electrical system goes out, and everything's messed up, we may be goners. In which case, it's been nice knowing you all and sharing with you. Love

  • patb2009

    This typhonn is 72 hours out, that makes hte error circle pretty large.

    Now 24 hours the error is smaller, and i'd start worrying if the storm is still on track then.

  • pierre

    kind of ties in with Gordon Duff's 21-22 June false flag terrorist scenario


    I'm not promoting this as likely as it is hard to know how deep the deceits go, if whistleblowing is laughing in our faces.

    • richard richard

      "We now have strong reason to believe that the Fukajima earthquake and tidal wave were not a natural event but one engineered to damage Japan and as a “first volley” in a radiation war against the United States"

      friggn hell, what's with people. this stuff is baloney. no man can create such an event, and these events are an historical fact – they've been happening for a long time before humans even walked on japan.

      i'm suprised veteranstoday.com would sponsor such a report.

      man, some people are just so over the top with their conspiracy theories, i'm sure it's to make the rest of us look like loonies.

      these things are a distraction – the real story is the corruption that brought us to fuku and beyond… nukes going off in Indianna and man-made EQs are an attempt to muddy the water, you should stop buying into these fairytales – they don't make us look good.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      This is the nuclear industry's attempt to cover up their own deceit and failures about the danger of all nuclear power plants and all nuclear reactors and all nuclear weapons and all the nuclear waste that can never be contained or reduced ever.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        GE doesn't want to pay for all the people who will be dying of cancer and all the other health problems caused by radiation. When GE says "We bring good things to life", they are lying, deceitful, murderous hypocrites.

  • Sickputer

    The real threat from Super Typhoon Guchol: the rain and winds will whip up cesium, strontium, and all the other toxic isotopes that have been deposited in the vegetation and land areas (especially mountainsides) and the run-off of the 15 months of stored poisons will flow into the public water system and crop lands.

    This could be the final blow to the drinkable water in Japan after this week. Bioaccumulation will be surging in the former life-sustaining water supplies and croplands of Japan. Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. Not a safe drop of water to drink nor any rice safe to eat. Freshwater fish will be a death sentence.

    I think most Japanese in their hearts knew this day was approaching. Time for the slow death by radiation poisoning from the necessities of life. The air is also toxic, but food and water will finish the job started nearly 67 years ago by the nuclear scientists. Japan… Sayonara.

    • CB CB

      An understatement Sickputer. This should be headlined. Damn.

    • Yes, when the drinking water is affected you're toast:


      "Among the risks demonstrated by the Fukushima crisis is the threat of water contamination – including contamination of drinking water supplies by radioactive material. In the wake of the Fukushima accident, drinking water sources as far as 130 miles from the plant were contaminated with radioactive iodine, prompting cities such as Tokyo to warn against consumption of the water by infants.

      In the United States, 49 million Americans receive their drinking water from surface sources located within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant – inside the boundary the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses to assess risk to food and water supplies."

  • Sickputer

    Typhoon Guchol nearing Okinawa.. Expected to drop 16 inches of rain on the Pacific coastline of Japan:


  • CaptD CaptD

    PREDICTION prove correct after the last Typhoon:

    Japan will now have increased radioactive pollution because of the effect that HUGE Typhoon (low pressure) will have on the Corium(s) and their interaction with the ground water below the Fukushima complex… The Very low pressure will tend to "wick" the ground water upward toward the surface where the still molten Corium(s) are…

    Additionally, if the actual Typhoon "strikes" the Complex then there is a very real chance that the #4 Spent Fuel Pool could be damaged; if that happens, then Fukushima will become the greatest disaster in Modern History as the ENTIRE 6 Reactor Complex may be destroyed sending huge amounts of radioactive pollution Globally in a massive Hydro-Corium steam "event" that could last YEARS!

    This potential EVENT has been discussed by the Japanese Irregulars* on HP since 3/11/11 and is still yet another topic that MSM is keeping almost silent about!

    The Non-Battle of Fukushima http://is.gd/TtB4mS
    Many greats comment also…

    * Japanese Irregulars