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Typhoon Roke (2011-15) bringing another rain storm to Japan through Sep 22

CHECK OUT NEW UPDATE: Typhoon Roke alert in Tokyo and Tohoku


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 regions. There are already many reports of flooding and landslides.

Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said the people should be careful through tomorrow (Sep 21) in those affected area in Kinki & Tokai, and through September 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 as at 9pm on Sep 20, 2011 (JST).

  • Nobeoka, Miyazaki
  • Usuki, Oita
  • Awaji, Hyogo
  • Tanabe, Wakayama
  • Nachi-katsuura, Wakayama
  • Shingu, Wakayama
  • The South part of Nara Pref
  • Nagoya, Aichi
  • Kasugai, Aichi
  • Kiyosu, Aichi
  • Southern part of Gifu

Shikoku region may also experience a large amount of rainfall.

JMA gives out the warning of heavy rain, flooding, land slides, wind, high tides and tornades.


Nagoya & Gifu weather warning

Currently (Sep 20, 2011), the threat is moving towards Nagoya and surrounding region.

City of Nagoya has issued evacuation advisories to its 1.13 million residents. The evacuation order was issued to the 80,000 residents of Kita-ku and Moriyama-ku.

The additional evacuation advisories are issued to the surrounding regions of Nagoya.

At around 3pm, the City of Nagoya asked Japan Self-Defense for the disaster assistance.

The people who live near Shonai River, Tenpaku River and ocean front are on the high alert.

According to NHK at 4pm, Shonai River was overflown. 50 workers of a paper factory near the River were once trapped. Some were rescued and some were able to get out by themselves. Kozoji Station of JR Tokai, Kasugai-city were also beein flooded.

JMA advised the people to evacuate early before the sunset.

Many of the public transpotations has been canceled or delayed now. Some express ways are being closed.


Typhoon Roke will travel through Tokyo, Tohoku (North Japan) then Hokkaido

Updated at 9:57pm on Sep 20, 2011 (JST)

(NEW UPDATE -> Typhoon Roke alert in Tokyo and Tohoku)


JMA held the press conference at 4:30pm (JST).

According to JMA forecast, Typhoon Roke is expected to land on Mie and Aichi in the early morning of Wednesday, September 21, 2011. In addition to the rain storm, it may experience relatively strong wind.

JMA gives extra caution to the people from Shikoku and Tokai through tomorrow (Sep 21)

Then, it is expected to reach Tokyo area by the evening. It may increase the speed, and move though Tohoku (North Japan) and Hokkaido by Thursday, September 22.

JMA gives extra caution to the people from Hokuriku to Tohoku through September 22.

Because it may move very fast (as fast as 60 km/h), Roke may be able to keep the strength of wind and rain.

JMA also gave the extra warning to Pacific Ocean as the waves could become dangerous all of sudden.


Make sure to pay attention to the local authorities and weather forecast if you're in Japan.

Check Tropical Cyclone Information and Weather Warnings / Advisory.

If you need the particular assistance in the particular region of Japan, please tweet us or post on the wall of YokosoNews on the facebook.


Preparing against Typhoon

In case of typhoon disaster

  • Know the nearby evacuation center
  • Tell your friends and family to get contact point besides telephone
    • YokosoNews recommend
      • Twitter
      • Facebook
      • Skype
      • NOT cellular phone or landline
      • Telephone line should be used for immediate emergency calls
  • Buy a portable radio and batteries
  • Don't leave any easy-to-be-flown objects outside of your house
  • Check the weather forecast extra carefully and more frequently
  • Expect the delays or cancellations of the public transportation and road closure

What not to do

  • Don't go close to river.
  • Don't go close to ocean.
  • Don't go close to mountain or cliff where the possibility of landslides.
  • Don't do anything that you are not 100% sure that it's safe

When the situation gets serious

  • Evacuate before dark
  • Don't hesitate to evacuate if you feel threatened. Don't wait for the warnings from the authorities.
  • Do not evacuate after dark, try to stay inside of the building
    • You may fall into the hidden opened manholes or trench
  • If you're too late to evacuate, try to stay in the higher place
  • If there is cliff behind your house, stay on the other side of the cliff
  • Don't hesistate to call 119 if you feel threatened

Useful weather info sites

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Katz Ueno
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