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. justathought

    Typhoon Roke sounds really bad. I guess we in America don't make a big deal of it because it's there and not here, 115 mi winds can do a lot of damage to the real estate with possiabe deaths.

    September 20, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Condolences to the families who have lost loved ones.

    September 20, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. truefax

    That's a lot of water...

    September 20, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. justathought

    @Raven: I don't think the killer whales are viciously "attacking" people, they just don't realise how fragile their playmates are.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. yannaes

    We are so small, yet some of our egos are so large and nature will take care of the rest.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. raven

    I thoughta that too, justathought. But theyre pretty intelligent animals and surely they know what death is. And it wasnt the first or even second time this particular animal killed a human. It make me wonder just whats intentions were: play or frustration? Til we learn their language I guess its a mystery .

    September 20, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. gdsk

    killer whales kill...thats why they are called KILLER WHALES. i think people who work with these whales understand that their life can be taken away from them any time at work.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. tatiana

    Most animals kill...

    September 20, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    The whale had killed a person before this and Sea World knew this. I do not know if the young lady new about it before her death though.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. fernace

    Here in Texas we call salt & lime "training wheels"! The trick of course is to shoot really top notch tequila (or tekillya), like Herradura or Patron! Otherwise.....bleeech! God Morgon, all! Have a great Tuesday!! 🙂

    September 20, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©


    September 20, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. ma & pa

    She was at least the third dead from that whale. In maybe late 1990's a gentle man was found like her in his tank. Not much publicity about it.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Galactic Cannibal

    2 People die and over 1 million asked to flee. Hey why did my country the USA dropped nuclear bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima . Was there any warning.. given to the residents.. Does HYPOCRISY come to mind. dudes..

    September 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The Prophet

    the worlds as we know it is coming to an end 2012 is our last year on earth

    September 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Maryq Urtonm

    What a information of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious experience regarding unexpected emotions.

    July 11, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
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