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Torrential rain likely in wide areas in Japan

Torrential rain likely in wide areas in Japan

Jun 30, 2020

Tokyo (Japan), June 30: Japanese weather officials are warning of possible landslides and flooding in wide areas from western to eastern Japan, as torrential rain is forecast through Wednesday.
Japan's Meteorological Agency says that damp air is flowing toward a rain front and a low-pressure system, creating unstable atmospheric conditions, mostly over western Japan, and bringing intermittent heavy rain.
The agency says that in one hour through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, 54 millimeters of rain fell in the city of Aira in Kagoshima Prefecture, and 50 millimeters in the city of Kobayashi in Miyazaki Prefecture.
A landslide alert has been issued for parts of Kagoshima.
Torrential rain is expected to spread from western to eastern Japan along the Pacific coast. More than 50 millimeters of rain per hour and thunder are forecast in some areas.
The weather officials say in the 24 hours through Wednesday morning, up to 300 millimeters of rain will likely fall in the Tokai area; 250 millimeters in Kinki and Shikoku; 220 millimeters in Kanto-Koshin; 200 millimeters in southern Kyushu; 150 millimeters in northern Kyushu; and 120 millimeters in Hokuriku.
The officials are forecasting even more rain in eastern Japan through Thursday.
Residents are also urged to stay vigilant for tornadoes, strong gusts of wind and lightning strikes.
Source: NHK World