Along the Nakagawa after the typhoon

The weather is beautiful today now that the typhoon has passed. The skies are a clear, brilliant blue. But the winds are very strong, and at times I could barely pedal on my bicycle.

This 10 second video shows what it looks like along the Nakagawa. The waters are churned up, so the water is muddied, and the waves make it look almost like the seashore.

The water, at least at the time I went out, almost reached the lower sidewalk along the river, but didn’t overflow. It probably overflowed in the middle of the storm.

Below the video are a couple of still photos. The leaves are still just starting to turn.

 

 

Typhoon headed this way, will pass through Tokyo tomorrow morning, Fukushima also in path

28 May 2011

 Last updated at 23:24 GMT

Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan ‘unready for typhoon’

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The problems with the Fukushima nuclear plant have raised questions over Tepco’s future

Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is not fully prepared for heavy rain and winds of a typhoon heading towards the country, officials admit.

Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), which runs the plant, said some reactor buildings were uncovered, prompting fears the storm may carry radioactive material into the air and sea.

Typhoon Songda is expected to hit Japan as early as Monday.

Fukushima was heavily damaged by the deadly 11 March quake and tsunami.

‘Inappropriate measures’

“We have made utmost efforts, but we have not completed covering the damaged reactor buildings,” a Tepco official said on Saturday.

“We apologise for the lack of significant measures against wind and rain,” the official added.

Tepco has been pouring anti-scattering agents – such as synthetic resins – around the damaged buildings of reactors one and four.

But some of the buildings still remain uncovered after they were damaged by hydrogen explosions soon after the quake and tsunami struck.

A special adviser to Prime Minister Naoto Kan criticised Tepco, saying that the current safety measures “cannot be said to be appropriate”.

Adviser Goshi Hosono added: “We are now doing the utmost to prevent further spreading of radioactive materials”.

Typhoon Songda – with winds up to 216km/h (134mph) – was moving north-east and could hit Japan on Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Tepco and Japan’s government have faced widespread criticism – both at home and abroad – over their handling of the Fukushima crisis.