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Japan:Tropical storm Roke churns north

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Laaska News  Sept. 20,2011

Severe tropical storm Roke is churning northward over Japan, bringing high winds and heavy rain. It is blowing through the Amami islands in the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima. Roke has triggered localized downpours in the southern regions of Kyushu and Shikoku.

People living on the Kii Peninsula are bracing for torrential rain, expected from late Monday through Tuesday. A storm triggered major damage in that part of Japan earlier this month.

The Meteorological Agency says Roke was 90 kilometers east-southeast of Amami City, Kagoshima Prefecture as of 6 PM local time on Monday. It is moving north at 15 kilometers per hour. The storm is packing winds of up to 108 kilometers per hour at its center.

At 5PM local time, about 32 millimeters of rain was falling per hour in a village in Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku.

The Meteorological Agency says tropical storm Roke is expected to continue to move north along the east coast of the Amami islands. It says the system will get more powerful as it approaches Japan’s main island of Honshu.

Roke is expected to bring rainfall of more than 30 millimeters per hour in wide areas, ranging from Japan’s southwest to northeast.

Downpours up to 50 millimeters per hour are expected in western Japan. That’s where the Kii Peninsula is located.

Weather officials expect up to 200 millimeters of rain to fall there by Tuesday. Then 300 to 400 millimeters will fall from Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening.

The Meteorological Agency is advising residents of Okinawa and Amami to be on alert for strong winds and high waves. It is also warning people in western Japan to beware of possible mudslides and swollen rivers.

NHK.
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