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Typhoon Roke is here

Typhoon Roke has finally made it here. It will pass directly over Nagoya and then Tokyo. The wind doesn’t seem as strong as the previous typhoon, Talas. Rain associated with Roke has caused flooding in Nagoya where authorities issued evacuation orders for 1 million of the 2 million residents of Nagoya. It sounds desperate, but it is not. Most of the residents Nagoya live in multi-story condominium buildings or multi-story apartments. Only householders near the Shonai River are indeed flooded. Affected areas are mainly Moriyama and Tempaku. NHK, the national broadcaster, showed pictures of city residents taking refuge in emergency shelters last night, ahead of additional or continued flooding, and ahead of the approach of the typhoon.

Yesterday many workers and students attending their first days of the new semester were stranded at train stations as underground services were flooded, or high risks due to the winds. The stranding of commuters was the probable cause of mobile phone services working only intermittently. Despite learning that stranded passengers in Tokyo was a huge problem after the March-eleven quake, Nagoya seemed unprepared.

Below are photos from Typhoon Talas. I’m not leaving my area until I’m sure that my home and neighbourhood is safe, then I might venture out. My area has a warning of high risk of storm surge causing inundation. My pictures, below, show the storm surge and tsunami protection, however, not all parts of the dyke is as strong and reinforced as those shown.

Disasters – Images by Andrew Blyth

Typhoon Roke is still coming but

Typhoon Roke is still coming, and at the time of writing, the storm zone is still not over Nagoya (my city). Strangely, we’ve had a large amount of rain, but not a massive amount, but parts of Nagoya have been flooded. I would never have thought this, as the rain was not intense enough for long enough, consequently I never thought to even bother go around the town to take a look. 79,000 people in Nagoya have been told to evacuate, and they are apart of the 1.2 million having to move, too. Currently there is no wind, and the storm zone isn’t over Nagoya, yet. The rain is merely associated with the typhoon.

It appears that mobile phone services are operating in some areas intermittently, perhaps as many stranded commuters are calling home saying that their train services are closed or the underground stations flooded.

For the latest information see the Japan Weather Agency website. I’m afraid I don’t know of any other informational services in languages other than Japanese. Currently, it seems the worst of the storm should have past Nagoya by 6pm Wednesday (local time), but Tokyo would still be affected. Companies often stipulate that if there is a Gale Warming (red) then workers are not required to attend. Most companies are not concerned about the other warnings (including flood, rain, and risks of landslides).

Typhoon Roke

This is the latest typhoon on the list, and is expected to cause more damage than the previous one to hit mainland Japan: Talas. However, since many people were displaced by Typhoon Talas, there probably won’t be many more to be displaced in Roke.

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NHK reported on the TV news just before 10pm that because of the rain from Typhoon Roke, the natural dams made by landslides from Typhoon Talas earlier this month, may burst as early as tonight. The affected areas in Wakayma and southern Mie prefectures were predicted to have up to 200 to 300mm of rain, but it was predicted that only 30mm (a little more than an inch) of rain is needed for some of them to overflow. Villages downstream should have already been evacuated and remain evacuated since Typhoon Talas. Since Talas all attempts to prevent the homes from being washed away, however, they will surely be lost tonight. The typhoon storm zone isn’t even over the Japan mainland yet, just the rain ahead of the typhoon is causing this damage.


Disasters – Images by Andrew Blyth