Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) just held the press conference before 11am on Wedesnday September 21, 2011. They gave the high alert from Tokai, Kanto (Tokyo) and Tohoku (North Japan) today as Typhoon Roke (2011-15) travels fast.
As at 11am on September 21, evacuation orders and advisories are still being issued to over one million people in 13 prefectures.
[UPDATE] City of Nagoya canceled the evacuation advisory to 800,000 people as the threat of Shonai River was loosened according to NHK as at 12:13pm. Now the total number of the residents, that evacuation advisories or orders were issued to, are down to approx. 250,000.
NHK said there are reportedly 4 death and 2 missing.
According to JMA, Typhoon Roke still gained its strength as it has traveled on Pacific Ocean yesterday. At 11am (9/21), it was located on the south of Mie, bringing heavy rain and wind in those area.
In this afternoon, it's expected to land Shizuoka Pref, travel through Tokyo, and then Tohoku (North Japan)
JMA recommended the people in Tokyo to go home early. Typhoon Roke travels fast. It may gain the speed as fast as 60 km/h. And it is expected to reach Tokyo in the evening.
The public transportation in Tokyo may get canceled or delayed this afternoon as it already has in Osaka and Tokai area.
After this evening, it will travel through Tohoku (North Japan). JMA warned the people in Tohoku where the land was sunk because of March 11 earthquake. The higher tide may worsen the flooding.
The people in South Mie, South Nara and Wakayama are still on high alert due to extra unstable land condition from previous rain storm from Typhoon Talas. The historical rain storm from Typhoon Talas caused massive landslides. It stopped the couple streams of the rivers and created the natural dams. Now they are facing the threat of flooding as the water may be overflown. Or those natural dam could get broken.
Because Typhoon Roke used to travel very slow on Pacific Ocean, it gained its strength. As it approached Japan, it started to catch the speed by mid-latitude westerlies. Typhoon Roke may be able to travel fast without losing the strength.
Read the earlier news: Typhoon Roke (2011-15) bringing another rain storm to Japan through Sep 22
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