Just like a couple weeks ago, lots of people, young and elderly, are shaking their heads, saying “I’ve never seen anything like this as long as I’ve been alive.”
A couple weeks ago typhoon 12, Talas, swung a neverending chain of rain clouds at the Kii Peninsula, causing the now-famous damage here. Today Roke seems to have done the same thing–everywhere but here. Kyushu, Shikoku, and the Gifu/Nagoya area were hit very hard, with 1,300,000 under mandatory or voluntary evacuation in Nagoya alone–more than the population of all of Wakayama Prefecture!
With water of this volume falling the real damage will come as it soaks in, so it’s still very early to make any statements about it one way or another. It seems that the rain on the Kii Peninsula will fall tonight, so we’ll see how that affects the mountains here, which are possibly still very unstable after Talas’ rain. For anyone who knows me personally, don’t worry–our mountain is in no danger. Our little vacation later this week might be, though.
Again, I’ll be posting more frequently on http://www.facebook.com/gaijinfarmer throughout the typhoon, so head over and give it a ‘like’ to keep up on the latest news–translated into English, of course.
- Million urged to flee Japan typhoon (edition.cnn.com)