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Typhoon Roke

September 21st, 2011

The typhoon is over Yamanashi, passing just to the north of Fuji soon, and will pass just north of Tokyo in a few hours. We have strong rain and high winds; the house sometimes shakes as gales pass, and the heavy rain is pretty much constant now. Landslides and flooding from overflowing rivers is being reported all over.

Usually, I work until about 7:30 and get home as late as 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, but today my school (very wisely) cancelled all classes after three in the afternoon. The Odakyu train line closed early, and lines have been closing steadily all afternoon–the Yamanote was just reported closed (though a few counter-clockwise trains are still going). The Sobu is closed, as well as the Chuo beyond Hachioji. Some parts of the Saikyo Line are also out of service. Bullet trains are pretty much shut down.

After it passes over the Kanto area, it should hit Fukushima head-on at about 9 p.m. As if they didn’t have enough problems.

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  1. kensensei
    September 22nd, 2011 at 10:58 | #1

    Glad you got home safe and sound.

    It’s good to get home early and avoid working late, isn’t it?
    The storm is much more tolerable from inside home, maybe with a few candles burning.

    I’m sure your students will manage to survive without that one class.

    (I personally teach two eves a week, weather permitting.)


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