On the Radar: Japan typhoon, SeaWorld hearing, Listeria deaths
Rescue workers transport evacuees through floodwaters in Nagoya, Japan, on Tuesday.
September 20th, 2011
06:24 AM ET

On the Radar: Japan typhoon, SeaWorld hearing, Listeria deaths

Three things you need to know today.

Japan typhoon: About 80,000 residents have been ordered to flee and more than 1 million people were urged to evacuate Nagoya, a city in central Japan, Tuesday as a typhoon was expected to hit the area.

Despite the evacuation warnings, a little more than 60 people had evacuated the city by Tuesday afternoon, the city government said. More were expected to leave in the evening as the storm came closer.

Typhoon Roke was packing winds of 185 kph (115 mph) and was predicted to make landfall with heavy rain some time Wednesday, said CNN meteorologist Jennifer Delgado.

The storm was expected to hit south of Osaka and could drench some areas with about 250 mm (10 inches) of rain, Delgado said.

Two areas in the Nagoya were ordered to evacuate because of the threat of flooding from the Shonai River, officials said.

SeaWorld hearing: A federal hearing continues Tuesday to determine whether SeaWorld Orlando should be charged with a willful violation in the 2010 death of killer whale trainer Dawn Brancheau.

Monday was the first day of the hearing at the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford, Florida.

In February 2010, as park guests watched in horror, Brancheau, 40, was pulled into a SeaWorld pool and drowned by a 12,000-pound killer whale named Tilikum. Brancheau had been sitting on the Shamu Stadium's pool edge during a private show.

After a lengthy investigation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration - the federal agency that works to prevent workplace injuries - cited SeaWorld of Florida in August 2010 for willfully endangering employees by not taking proper safety precautions.

Listeria deaths: Up to seven deaths in four states may be linked to a Listeriosis outbreak that the Centers for Disease Control believes originated at a cantaloupe farm in Colorado, the Denver Post reports.

The deaths have been reported in Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Missouri, according to the Denver Post report. Overall, 35 cases are reported in 10 states, the Post said.

Jensen Farms recalled its cantaloupe harvest on September 14, the Post reported.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. raven

    I would think after the first TWO times the whale attacked a person ,they woulda had Tilikum at the very least taken out of any public shows .

    September 20, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Never did like cantaloupes.
    Just say no to fresh fruit!
    I am, of course, kidding.
    But I still dislike cantaloupes!

    Hi, raven.

    September 20, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    Mornin banasy, all. I like cantaloupe with a dash of salt. Ever try it that way?

    September 20, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    Hey sista! And hey Lee! Its wrong to mess with canteloupe. Unless you really love the person they belong to .

    September 20, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @raven: lol!
    @leeintulsa: although I love salt and lime, (ahem!) Salt and cantaloupe? Nooooo!

    September 20, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      It mellows the tang.. Tryin to give you all the answers 😉

      September 20, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. gillian

    Lol raven so true

    September 20, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Really? I'll have to try it, since two of ya here like it...
    'Course I think everything with salt is good!

    September 20, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      It's how my mom introduced it to me. Maybe a southern or indian thing. When i found out some didn't eat it that way, thought blechh.. Lol

      September 20, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I *probably* shouldn't have said that....omg...

    September 20, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Mellows the tang.
    I like it! 😉

    September 20, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. gillian

    Maybe not lime with cantaloupe but.......watermelon definitely with salt

    September 20, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Oh, yeah, watermelon with salt...yep!

    September 20, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Lime, salt, TEQUILA!

    September 20, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. gillian

    If a ..ahem...KILLER whale kills someone .....take it outta the damn show.

    September 20, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. justathought

    The only thing objectionable about cantaloupe is cleaning them out! All mellons are nutritiuos, however I like a good sweet watermellon the best, with honey dew coming in second.

    September 20, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Honeydew is my second fave, also, justathought.

    September 20, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
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