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Powerful Typhoon Roke is on a collision course with Japan, with damaging winds and flooding rain on target to impact Tokyo and the Fukushima prefecture still reeling from last March's tsunami.
A large portion of southern Japan, including more than 1.2 million people in Nagoya city, have been urged to evacuate ahead of the storm, which will impact areas that were devastated by mudslides and flooding from deadly Typhoon Talas earlier this month.
"The major difference between the two typhoons was Talas was slow-moving over the Kii peninsula, dumping rain in the same area, while Roke is fast moving," Kenji Okada, a forecaster at the Japan Meteorological Agency, said. "Roke is bringing strong gusts and dumping rain in a wide region."
Typhoon Roke brought evacuation orders and fears of floods to Nagoya city in central Japan today as it approached the main island of Honshu on a course toward the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.
The eye of Roke, categorized as “strong” by the agency, was about 928 kilometers (575 miles) southwest of Tokyo at 3 p.m. local time today. It was packing wind speeds of 144 kilometers per hour (89 miles), with gusts of 216 kilometers per hour.
Typhoon Roke (2011-15) is bringing another large amount of rain storm mainly to Kyushu, Awaji, Hyogo and especially Nagoya region. Evacuation orders were issued in some region. There are already many reports of flooding and landslide. Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said the people should pay attention through tomorrow (9/21) in those affected area in Kinki & Tokai, and through 9/22 in North Japan and Hokkaido. YokosoNews is providing the latest and immediate updates on Twitter or Facebook as long as the threat lasts. Feel free to ask us a question.
As at 4pm on Sep 20, according to JMA, Typhoon Roke is located in the south of Kyushu, traveling north east. It has brought a large amount of rainfall to Kyushu, and Awaji Island, Hyogo. The heavy rainstorm is expected in Wakayama and Mie where it had already damaged by previous Typhoon Talas. The authorities are giving the caution to those unstable areas. The partial list of the places that are on the high alerts.
Originally posted by alfa1
There have been a whole bunch of "OMG deadly tornado heads to destroy Fukushima nuclear plant!!!1!1/!!!!" in the last few months and every one of them without exception has turned out to be nothing more than fearmongering headlines with no truth contained about the danger.
Lets check this one.
The JMA has a nice map showing the cource as it heads northward.
The table shows dates and expected wind speed...
Date --- WindSpeed
10:40 UTC, 20 Sep --- 80 knt
11:00 UTC, 20 Sep --- 80 knt
15:00 UTC, 20 Sep --- 80 knt
21:00 UTC, 20 Sep --- 80 knt
03:00 UTC, 21 Sep --- 75 knt
09:00 UTC, 21 Sep --- 65 knt
Its dying, and *it hasnt even reached Tokyo yet*
Fukushima is north of Tokyo, so you'd expect wind of much less, maybe 50 knots by the time it gets there.
But as they say, never let the truth get in the way of a (scary) story.
Originally posted by Screwed
Yeah, I'm sure they just evacuate a million people just for #s and giggles over there in Japan.
Nagoya officials instructed about 80,000 people to evacuate Tuesday and issued an evacuation advisory to more than 1 million others as Typhoon Roke approached Honshu and threatened to cause further landslides and flooding in the Kii Peninsula area.
As of Tuesday evening local time (late Tuesday morning EDT), Roke was located off the southern coast of Japan's main island, Honshu, several hundred miles southwest of Tokyo. Maximum winds were at 130 mph (210 kph), making the typhoon the equivalent of an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane.
Wind gusts at landfall will range between 100 and 120 mph (160 and 190 kph) along the coast between Nagoya and Tokyo, according to Andrews. Typhoon-force gusts of 70 to 90 mph (110 to 145 kph) are possible in Tokyo by Wednesday afternoon.
Originally posted by convinceme
Mate it ain't dying.
Originally posted by convinceme
BTW 80,000 people have been evacuated from homes in Nagoya.