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. RUFFNUTT (kcmo , hut tub repairman & maker of disco balls)

    ONLY 2... hardly newsworthy...

    September 20, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT (kcmo , hut tub repairman & maker of disco balls)

    "including a 66-year-old man who fell from a roof Tuesday while trying to fix a stuck duct"..
    omg... that would be like me trying to adjust my antenna on top of my trailer during a lightning storm...!!!

    September 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ajd041

    Sigh anyway just 2 people? Theyre are thousands of deaths a day what makes these 2 special must be a slow day..

    September 20, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    I think the storm is more the point. Tragicly, could be just the beginning. Typhoon, i think, is pacific for hurricane.

    How big is ja pan? Florida-ish?

    September 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lee Fong Lumberyard ( R - Ohio ) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Typhoon "is" the term used west of the international date line.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lee Fong Lumberyard ( R - Ohio ) "Right Wing Insanity"

    This typhoon make Irene look like street walker. 😀

    September 20, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lee Fong Lumberyard ( R - Ohio ) "Right Wing Insanity"


    September 21, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lee Fong Lumberyard ( R - Ohio ) "Right Wing Insanity"

    .i Gyver door wit shoptix. Win still rip up. What I do?

    September 21, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lee Fong Lumberyard ( R - Ohio ) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Evyting OK now. I tick 8X8 railwoad tie in door. How U say..fock this! 😀

    September 21, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lee Fong Lumberyard ( R - Ohio ) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I HAD BWOG FUN. Now give pewter back my fren. bi now – Shi Chen

    September 21, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. Darth Vader

    So what !! Who wants to get chocked first !!! Im a Jedi knight B***h !

    September 21, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. gung hoe

    Lets see typhoons earth quakes almost everyotherday psnamis cant think of anything else but that should be enough to tell people to get to hell outta there

    September 21, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Sorry guys, he's out of here.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Right Wing Insanity"


    September 21, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    #74;apan just can't catch a break...

    September 21, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
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