AFP: Gov’t issues highest alert for “possibly unprecedented heavy rain”; Fears it will hit Fukushima nuclear plant, torrential downpours expected — Kyodo: Major typhoon prompts emergency warning of “unprecedented heavy rain”

Published: September 15th, 2013 at 11:48 pm ET
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Xinhua, Sept. 16, 2013: The Japan Meteorological Agency ( JMA) on Monday has issued emergency warnings on heavy rain in Kyoto, Shiga and Fukui prefectures [...] The special warning was been launched for the first time since the warning system was introduced late August. [...] the JMA issued heavy rain warnings and advisories in parts of Kansai and Tohoku area and entire Kanto area, where the typhoon is expected to pass. Local media reported that about 3 people went missing and about 29 people were injured [...] gusts of up to 162 kph. [...]

Kyodo News, Sept. 16, 2013: Torrential rain hit western Japan on Monday morning as a major typhoon made landfall in central Japan, prompting the weather agency to warn of “unprecedented heavy rain” and urge people to take safety precautions. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a “special warning” in three western Japan prefectures of Fukui, Kyoto and Shiga, in the first such issuance since the warning system was introduced late last month. [...] In eastern Japan, gusts in Saitama and Gunma prefectures broke windows and caused other damage. [...]

AFP, Sept. 16, 2013: Typhoon stokes fears for Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant [...] officials have issued a “special warning” of heavy rain, amid fears the storm could go on to hit the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. [...] The agency issued the highest alert for “possibly unprecedented heavy rain” in Kyoto and its adjacent prefectures, warning residents in danger zones to evacuate to shelters. [...] The typhoon is expected to cross the northeast, including the Fukushima area, this afternoon possibly bringing heavy rain to areas near the crippled nuclear power plant. [...] With torrential rains expected on Monday more contaminated water was feared to seep into the groundwater and workers pumped water from around highly radioactive tanks at the plant.

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