Japan Braces for Typhoon Roke

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 4:41 am (UTC-5)
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About 400,000 residents in the central Japanese city of Nagoya have been advised to evacuate their homes due to the threat of flooding posed by powerful Typhoon Roke.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency says Roke is carrying maximum wind speeds of 144 kilometers per hour and following a path over parts of southwestern and central Japan Tuesday.

Authorities in Nagoya issued the evacuation advisory over worries that rivers might overflow their banks and cause flash flooding. The evacuation is not mandatory.

Western Japan is still recovering from the aftermath of Typhoon Talas, which left at least 80 people dead or missing from mudslides or floods. The storm swept away roads and downed telephone and power lines, leaving more than 4,000 people isolated.