The Internation Business Times posted this about an hour ago:
A super typhoon is heading north for Japan’s mainland, and it could cause damage to three of the country’s nuclear power plants.
Typhoon Neoguri was spotted about 370 miles south of the Okinawa island chain at 3 a.m. GMT on Monday (or 11 p.m. EDT on Sunday) and was expected to ravage the archipelago with damaging winds and torrential rains by early Tuesday, before spiraling toward mainland Japan on Wednesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
The strength of the typhoon was underscored by a statement from the commanding general of the at 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, which may receive a direct hit for Neoguri:
“This is the most powerful typhoon to hit the island in 15 years,” Brigadier General James Hecker of the U.S. Air Force wrote on the Kadena Air Base’s Facebook page on Sunday.
“I can’t stress enough how dangerous this typhoon may be when it hits Okinawa.”
IBT says three nuclear power plants are in the path of the typhoon:
Okinawa doesn’t have any nuclear plants, but Japan’s westernmost main island Kyushu has two, and the typhoon is likely to pass over them. A third nuclear plant on Shikoku island, which borders Kyushu, could also be affected by the storm, Reuters reported on Monday.
All the plants, Genkai and Sendai on Kyushu and Ikata on Shikoku, are in cold shutdown, but are still loaded with fuel. There are a total of nine reactors at the three stations.
Here’s a link to the IBT story: http://www.ibtimes.com/super-typhoon-threatens-three-japans-nuclear-power-plants-1620626