Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Typhoon Roke Update...

Above is the latest weather radar image from Japan, zoomed in on the central third of the island.  As you can see, torrential rains associated with Typhoon Roke are already overspreading the southern and central two thirds of the region.  If you look closely you can see the "eye" of the storm toward the bottom center of the image.

As of the 4pm CDT (U.S. Time) advisory from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), maximum sustained winds were estimated at 105 mph, with gusts to near 150 mph.  This system remains intense and will produce widespread damage across Japan tonight and Wednesday (U.S. time):

The latest forecast continues to call for the center of Roke to pass to the West of Tokyo during the pre-dawn hours (U.S. Time) on Wednesday morning:

The above track will produce a very dangerous combination of storm surge, flooding rainfall and strong, potentially damaging winds across much of the middle third of Japan, including the Tokyo region.

More than 1.2 million people have been asked to evacuate ahead of Roke by the Japanese government.

**Update 9pm CDT:

The latest radar image from the Tokai region shows the very well defined eye of Typhoon Roke advancing toward the Japanese coast.

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