Typhoon hits central Japan; 200 flights canceled
NATIONAL SEP. 16, 2013 - 07:00AM JST ( 30 ) TOKYO —
Typhoon Man-yi hit southern Japan Monday, bringing heavy rains as officials warned of floods and strong winds, amid fears the storm could go on to hit the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
About 200 domestic flights scheduled for Monday, a public holiday, were cancelled, mainly those departing Tokyo, and train services were also reduced.
The storm, located in Pacific waters close to the southern island of Shikoku, was packing gusts up to 144 kilometer per hour overnight Sunday to Monday and moving north-northwest...
...The typhoon is then expected to head northeast towards the capital and its surrounding region by around noon and cross the northeast including the Fukushima area, according to its predicted track...
At Fukushima, crews have struggled to contain the nuclear plant after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that led to the contamination of groundwater with radioactive materials as it flows to the Pacific Ocean.
With torrential rains expected 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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