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Japan:Typhoon Roke bringing heavy rain to Japan

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Laaska News  Sept. 20,2011

Japan’s Meteorological Agency warns that heavy rain brought by an approaching “very strong” typhoon may trigger landslides and floods in western and central Japan.

The agency says that as of 22 PM Tuesday, Typhoon Roke was travelling toward the main island of Honshu at 30 kilometers per hour over the sea south of Kochi Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. The strong typhoon was packing winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour near its center.

Areas in central and western Japan had hourly rainfall between 30 and 40 millimeters on Tuesday evening.

In parts of Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu, 400 millimeters of rain has fallen in one day.

Roke is gradually picking up speed. Weather officials say it will approach western and eastern Japan on Wednesday and may make landfall.

Laaska News.