Packing winds of 144 kilometers per hour (89 MPH), with gusts of 216 kilometers per hour (134 MPH), Roke is making landfall near Tokyo and then working its way towards Fukushima. The town, and its accompanying nuclear plant, were ravaged by the Japan Earthquake-Tsunami of March 11 and while the area has been evacuated for months now due to radiation, a larger area is new being included due to the impending storm. Up to an additional 1 million people are being told to leave the area immediately for their safety.
Besides the actual danger of the storm, there is an issue with the amount of contaminated water currently residing in the basements of the reactors that have been used over the months to cool the exposed nuclear rods. Apparently there is up to 500 tons of additional ground water that have leaked into the buildings due to cracks in the cement, and the addition of the rains plus winds whipping it around, there is no indication of just how far these waters could be spread now.
You can see a picture of Typhoon Roke below (click for a larger view) and you can see this is a massive storm. It is moving rapidly and has the potential of making this already horrific event that much worse. Even taking the radiation out of the equation, Japan is about to be rocked with rains, flooding and even more damage. Just how much can this nation take?
Please remember you can help by checking out the Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Relief. It has been over a month since the tragic events of March 11th, but they still need our help.
[Via Bloomberg, thanks to jdawgc for the tip]