Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 09/21/2011

Typhoon Roke slams Japan (photo)

Typhoon Roke crashed into Japan Wednesday morning southwest of Tokyo with winds of 100 mph — equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane.

Surging waves hit against the breakwall in Udono, a port town of Kiho, Mie Prefecture, central Japan, today. (Daiji Yanagida - AP)
Now a tropical storm, Roke is currently just offshore northeast Japan, the same region that was destroyed by the March 11 tsunami and earthquake, the Post’s Capital Weather Gang reports.

At Fukushima, where a nuclear plant suffered a meltdown in March, Roke dumped 8 inches of rain, and there were calls for more than a million people to be evacuated.

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