September 20th, 2011
10:04 PM ET

4 killed as typhoon approaches Japan

[Updated at 11:35 p.m. ET] Four people in Japan have been killed amid heavy rain from a powerful typhoon that is expected to make landfall Wednesday afternoon, authorities there said.

The center of Typhoon Roke, which had sustained winds of up to 167 kph (103 mph) Wednesday morning, could hit Japan's Tokai region, which includes Nagoya city - or the Kanto region, which includes Tokyo - in the afternoon, Japan Meteorological Agency chief forecaster Yutaka Kanda said at a news conference.

As of 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Roke's center was 280 kilometers southwest of Nagoya, where about 1 million people had been urged to evacuate.

An evacuation order for about 80,000 residents of Nagoya was lifted, according to local media reports.

Heavy rain fell in central and western Japan from the typhoon's outer bands on Tuesday and Wednesday. Some downpours came at up to 50 millimeters (2 inches) an hour, and some parts received more than 450 millimeters (17 inches) over a day, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

Four people have died, including a 66-year-old man who fell from a roof in Nagoya on Tuesday while trying to fix a stuck duct, city authorities said. Two other people - a fourth-grade boy and an 84-year-old man - were missing in Gifu prefecture, authorities said.

People in the Tokai and Kanto regions should be prepared for heavy rain Wednesday, Kanda said, adding that the Kanto region may be most affected Wednesday evening.

No airports were closed Wednesday, but several flights toward the Kyushu and Shikoku areas were canceled, transportation officials said. Several passenger trains were not running Wednesday in central and southern Japan, railway officials said.

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  1. banasy©

    Japan, I mean.

    September 21, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Well, sh!t.

    September 21, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. the prophet

    My sources tell me area 51 is a government bunker For the December 21 2012 cataclysmic coming event, it's not going to be the 21 but February 19 and it's going to ugly.

    September 21, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dribble

    My sources say you're full of sh!t, prophet.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat2u

    Man, what is the deal with Ja pan this year ? They've been getting hit with something almost every month this year. Seems like this is kharma gone wild on them for some reason.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. linton

    It seems like mothernature is in full effect this year , hope an prayer that no one elses die in that typhoon.

    September 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    dayum prophet where u been dude? its already freakin fugly! so ruffnutt u ready to bring out that bad green ur always talkin about cuz after this week im ready to take it back up. been more than a body should have to endure 4 sure!!

    September 22, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
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