Japan Times: Concern mounts at Fukushima, big typhoons may collide — Francisco to be “unable to move” due to Lekima, says forecast — High threat of landslides, flash floods (PHOTO)

Published: October 23rd, 2013 at 8:44 am ET
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Japan Times, Oct. 23, 2013 at 8:00a ET: Double whammy feared [...] Big typhoons may collide off Honshu [...] The agency previously described the typhoon [Francisco] as “very strong” [...] the stronger and faster Lekima is likely to block and even disrupt Francisco, preventing its swift run to the north and altering its path. The Meteorological Agency said the two storms will likely come in closest proximity to each other Saturday, when Francisco is forecast to linger over the Izu island chain south of Tokyo, unable to move due to the stronger force of Lekima just to its east. This interaction between two typhoons in close proximity is popularly known as the “Fujiwara Effect” [...] As the two typhoons approached Honshu, concerns were mounting over the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. [...] Tepco on Tuesday began to install tanks with extra pipes to boost their ability to pump out water and transfer it somewhere safer, and added manpower.

Mainichi, Oct. 23, 2013: Landslide warnings for Japan as typhoon approaches [...] The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is warning of possible landslides caused by extended periods of rain from slowly moving Typhoon Francisco, the year’s 27th typhoon, saying it could approach eastern Japan over the weekend. The strong typhoon [...] was moving west-northwest at a speed of about 15 kilometers per hour. [...] Typhoon Francisco differs from the devastating previous typhoon, Wipha, in that the front to the north of the typhoon is active. As a result, a wide area including the Izu Islands is expected to be hit with heavy rain before the typhoon comes near, and weather officials are calling for residents to be wary of landslides. [...] When two typhoons come within 1,000 kilometers they take a complicated path in what is known as a Fujiwara interaction. The agency has taken this into consideration.

Weather Channel, Oct. 23, 2013: Weakening Francisco Will Soak Japan [...] Francisco is also merging with a cold front arriving from eastern Asia. In fact, the latest radar from the Japanese Meteorological Agency shows bands of rain already setting up over southern Japan. Given saturated ground from Typhoon Wipha just over a week ago, the threat of additional flash flooding and mudslides is high until Francisco pulls away from Japan Saturday. [...]

See also: Fukushima Workers: There was a collapse at plant due to typhoon -- Not revealed by Tepco -- Worry that upcoming storm to cause more damage

Published: October 23rd, 2013 at 8:44 am ET
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