Largest typhoon in decade heads toward Tokyo

The speed of the largest in the last ten years Vipha typhoon, which is coming to Japan increased from 25 km / h to 35 km / h. The country has canceled flights, stopped trains and disrupted oil supplies, according to Reuters .
It is expected that the typhoon Vipha come to the shores of Japan on Wednesday morning, bringing in Manila, home to 30 million people gale-force winds.

The epicenter of the storm was located at 13:00 on Kiev in 860 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, reported on its website the Japan Meteorological Agency. Next, the typhoon was moving north-east at a speed of 35 kilometers per hour.

According to the representative of the Japan Meteorological Agency, the typhoon of such power is “once in a decade”, and the country is approaching the strongest since October 2004 cyclone.

Then the storm caused flooding and landslides that killed nearly 100 people and forced thousands to flee their homes. Damage from the incident was estimated at several billion dollars.

As reported earlier today in Japan declared a storm warning, schools in Tokyo decided to cancel classes on Wednesday out of concern for the safety of students. People are recommendations to be ready to leave their homes quickly, if need be, and to refrain from unnecessary travel.

The strongest typhoon to reach Tokyo in 10 years was expected to slam into the region with full force Wednesday morning, the Meteorological Agency said.

The agency warned of strong winds, high waves and heavy rainfall in wide areas from western to northern Japan, cautioning against extensive transportation disruptions during the morning rush hour.

Generating winds of at least 90 kph as far as 240 km to the east and 190 km to the west of its center, Typhoon Wipha, the 26th of the year, was as powerful as the strong typhoon that crossed the eastern tip of Japan in October 2004, the agency said.

As of 10 p.m., Typhoon Wipha was traveling northeast in the Pacific toward the eastern coast of Honshu main island at a speed of about 45 kph.

It is expected to bring up to 400 mm of rain in the 24 hours through noon Wednesday in the Tokai region surrounding Nagoya as well as 300 mm in the Kanto-Koshin region and 250 mm in the Kinki, Tohoku and Hokuriku regions.

The agency forecast waves of 12 meters high in Kanto and the Izu Islands, and 10 meters high in the Tohoku and Tokai regions.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it was bracing for the storm to hit the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, which has seen a rash of radioactive water spills in recent months as it tries to keep its melted reactor cores cool.

“We are making preparations for proper management of contaminated water. . . . We will patrol places that could have inflows of water (from the storm),” a Tepco spokesman said.

Cables and hoses are bundled together, while ground and off-shore work have been halted, he said.

Earlier this month the company announced 430 liters of contaminated water had spilled from a tank as workers tried to remove rainwater dumped at the plant by recent typhoons.

The typhoon forced Japanese and some Asian airlines to cancel flights, mostly on domestic routes, Tuesday afternoon.

Japan Airlines Co. said it will also ground a total of 167 flights, mostly on Wednesday, while All Nippon Airways Co. plans to ground 197 flights.

Vipha became the 26th typhoon nucleated per year in the Pacific.

Japan Airlines Co canceled 183 domestic flights scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday. Airline ANA Holdings Inc – has canceled 210 flights in Japan, including three international flight. A total of 60,850 flight cancellations affected passengers.

The railway company East Japan Railway Co reported a traffic stop 31 bullet train.

Four oil companies have announced they have suspended shipping to the east of the country because of the approaching typhoon.

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