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Japan:Typhoon Roke brings downpours

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Laaska News  Sept. 21,2011

A very strong typhoon is approaching western Japan, bringing downpours and increasing the risk of mudslides and river flooding.

The Meteorological Agency says that as of 8 AM on Wednesday, Typhoon Roke was moving in a northeasterly direction at 35 kilometers per hour over waters to the south of Wakayama Prefecture.

Parts of western and central Japan were hit by downpours of about 40 millimeters per hour. Over 400 millimeters of rain fell in some areas in one day.

Forecasters say the typhoon will gradually pick up speed and make landfall in western or eastern Japan on Wednesday.

Laaska News.