Typhoon Wipha

Well, they’re calling Wipha a “once-in-a-decade” typhoon: the worst since Typhoon Tokage hit in October of 2004. As Reuters oh-so-soberly reports,

a once-in-a-decade typhoon… [is] disrupting travel and shipping and forcing precautions to be taken at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Typhoon Wipha is moving across the Pacific straight towards the capital, Tokyo, and is expected to make landfall during the morning rush hour on Wednesday, bringing hurricane-force winds to the metropolitan area of 30 million people.

The agency issued warnings for Tokyo of heavy rain, flooding and gales, and advised people to be prepared to leave their homes quickly and to avoid unnecessary travel.


As of 7 a.m., the wind and rain outside my house is moaning and wailing and gnashing its teeth, and some impressive gusts whipping around the small trees out front, but so far nothing more damaging than that.  The crew at the lumberyard next store are out and about, heads down in rain jackets and pants; a few cars seem headed for the city.

School is cancelled. Not sure yet if commuter train service is disrupted…

Meantime, if you’re stuck at home with nothing to do, here’s “20 Things You Didn’t Know About… Hurricanes” from Discover magazine’s website. A hurricane is what you call a typhoon in North America. Apparently, the neutral term is actually cyclone…

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