13 Dead or Missing as Typhoon Roke hits Japan

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 maximum wind speeds 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.

The deluge caused fears of landslides and flooding, particularly in Nagoya, the fourth-largest city, located about 170 miles west of Tokyo.

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