Typhoon Roke hits Japan causing flooding, deaths

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
By Paul Martin

WashingtonPost.com

Typhoon Roke hit Japan’s main island on Wednesday, and after causing evacuations, cancellations and deaths is moving through the northeastern coast, which is still recovering from the tsunami and earthquake that hit in March. As Chico Harlan reported:A powerful typhoon hit Japan’s main island on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of more than 1.2 million from the area and causing the deaths or disappearance of at least 13 people as it began its slow path toward the northeastern part of the country.

As Typhoon Roke made landfall, businesses in Japan all but halted, with the cancellation of domestic flights and bullet train services between Tokyo and Osaka.

With a maximum speed of 130 miles per hour, the typhoon drenched the western and central part of the country, which also was blasted two weeks earlier by another fierce storm.

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