Typhoon nears Tokyo; at least 4 dead, 2 missing

September 21, 2011 10:57

TOKYO - At least four people died and two were missing in Japan as typhoon Roke bore down on Tokyo on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds and disturbing transport systems, public broadcaster NHK said.

Toyota Motor Corp planned to close 11 factories in central Japan early on Wednesday, eliminating evening shifts, while utility Chubu Electric Power lost about 1,870 megawatts of hydro power output due to the typhoon.The center of typhoon Roke was off Japan's Pacific coast at 10 a.m., moving northeast at 35 km per hour, and was forecast to make landfall later on the day in central Japan or a region around Tokyo, the Meteorological Agency said.

"We need to exercise the maximum caution against heavy rain, strong winds and high waves in wide areas from western to northern Japan, according to the Meteorological agency," Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told a regular news conference.

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