More than a million people in Japan were warned to leave their homes on Tuesday as an approaching typhoon brought heavy rain and floods which left three dead or missing.
Typhoon Roke, packing winds of up to 89 miles an hour near its centre, could land in central Japan Wednesday and move northeast, possibly towards the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the Japanese weather agency said.
The city of Nagoya, a regional commercial hub located near the home of Toyota Motor, issued an evacuation advisory to some 1.09 million residents at one point because of worries that rivers might burst their banks.
The advisory was lifted from parts of the city, but landslide, flooding and tornado warnings affecting over a million people were still in place as night fell.
The city asked for Self Defense Force troops to be deployed to assist with rescues, transport, and engineering damage.
Nationwide, evacuation advisories have been issued to a total of 1.32 million people, national broadcaster NHK said.
It was not known how many people have heeded the evacuation warning, which falls far short of a mandatory evacuation order.