Super typhoon on course for Japan — Winds up to 190 mph, could soon be Category 5 storm — “May follow Typhoon Wipha’s path” … “Developed in a similar area” (VIDEO)

Published: October 19th, 2013 at 12:04 am ET


Weather Channel, Oct. 18, 2013 at 9:45p ET: Super Typhoon Francisco Brushes Guam, Could Threaten Japan Next Week […] A tropical cyclone is dubbed a “super typhoon” when maximum sustained winds reach at least 150 mph – the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. […] Conditions appear favorable for development [… allowing] the typhoon to strengthen in intensity, possibly to 160 mph (Category 5 status) over the next few hours. After that, Francisco will move into a region of cooler ocean temperatures, which cause the typhoon to weaken. Francisco may threaten southern Japan early next week, however the current forecast from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center indicates that the typhoon will be much weaker by that point. That said, intensity forecasts at five days out in time can be highly uncertain […]

Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Oct. 19, 2013: […] as the system continues further to the north, a strong poleward outflow channel may develop which could help to offset the cooler sea SSTs and maintain higher intensities. […] All objective aids, with the exception of GFDN, are beginning to  indicate a recurve scenario, but widely vary in position and track speed of the system. […]

Accuweather, Oct. 18, 2013: Francisco gained strength late Friday afternoon and was classified as a Super Typhoon by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, which estimated one minute average sustained winds of 135 knots (155 mph) with gusts to 165 knots (190 mph). This would classify Franciso as a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. As strong as Francisco currently is, continued strengthening is expected over the next 24-48 hours […] The typhoon is likely to threaten western Japan by the middle of next week. Francisco has developed in a similar area to where former Typhoon Wipha formed last week.

Washington Post, Oct. 18, 2013: Double whammy drenching in Japan? Super typhoon Francisco may follow Wipha’s path […] Just one week following a deadly dousing from Typhoon Wipha, a second typhoon could deluge Japan.  […] Long-term track guidance takes super typhoon Francisco on a course generally towards Japan, with another round of rain and wind possible some time between Wednesday and Friday next week. […] Its current satellite presentation exhibits the traits of an extremely powerful cyclone, with a well-defined eye  […] Wednesday, around the time Francisco may be approaching Japan, peak winds are expected to have decreased to 80-85 mph. Still, should even a much weakened Francisco make a direct hit on Japan, it would likely bring a second round of torrential rain […] At the Fukushima nuclear plant, the level of radioactivity spiked after heavy rains may have lifted contaminated soil […]

Watch The Weather Channel’s update here

as the system continues further to the north, a strong 
poleward outflow channel may develop which could help to offset the 
cooler SSTs and maintain higher intensities.
Published: October 19th, 2013 at 12:04 am ET


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17 comments to Super typhoon on course for Japan — Winds up to 190 mph, could soon be Category 5 storm — “May follow Typhoon Wipha’s path” … “Developed in a similar area” (VIDEO)

  • dosdos dosdos

    All this rainfall will wash down isotopes from the mountain slopes, negating amy decontamination efforts. This is one reason that decontamination is essentially money being thrown away for no good reason.

  • patb2009

    It's a week out, it could do anything.

    Some day a typhoon will level the plant just not likely to be this week

  • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

    It almost seems deliberate.

    • We Not They Finally

      On the part of God or Satan? (just kidding)

    • Winterborn

      Do we think some country is playing it's HAARP?

      • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

        That's what it feels like to me but I didn't want to mention it here because weather control is not a proven science. I didn't want to sound like a crazy conspiracy theorist but I believe that HAARP exists and is in use. I think it was used to cause the earthquake in March of 2011.

        For some reason with the recent spate of hurricanes moving directly over the Fukushima Daiichi Plant, it just feels like something is trying to throw a bowling ball down the lane and knock over all of the pins.

        I don't remember the hurricane season being this active in the Pacific last year.

        Or it could be the other crazy theory that I have that the radioactive water off of the coast of Fukushima has warmer temperatures because of the radioactivity and it may be causing hurricanes to be attracted to the area since hurricanes grow and gravitate to warmer water. If the rumors of water boiling off of the coast of Fukushima are true then maybe this could be possible.

        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          I bet the HAARPIODS..are good bowlers.
          I wonder if they yell..'strike'…or some such.

          You can read about they plan here …Zardoz2012

          Perhaps just a test see how many storms it sink a nuclear facility..after being damaged somehow..perhaps the plan for San Onofre (disaster seeming) eventual..

          So thinks a friend that is really involved in investigating HAARP.

        • Discordian

          Zardoz, a great book detailing the HAARP project is HAARP: The Ultimate Weapon of the Conspiracy by Jerry E. Smith (if you haven't already read it. It was written in 1998, and some of the "prophecies" in the book are chilling in retrospect.

          Highly recommended by a bona fide book snot.

  • razzz razzz

    It is now a Cat. 5, 160 mph constant wind with gusts to 190. A strange beauty in the open ocean. It will have to unwind eventually and with that all the moisture it has collected. If it was a tornado it would be rated a F-1 or F-2.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Is there a roof over the sfp 4? It could overflow.

    • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

      An overflowing spent fuel pool should be the least of our worries…inless, of course, the fuel rods are all smashed/crushed and broken up.

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    I like this site for watching the Hurricanes over there.

  • sensa

    It is 190 kph (that is kilomiters per hour) , not mph.
    That would make it around 118 mph.
    130 mph+ is a category 5