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Japan:Tropical storm brings heavy rain to Japan

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Laaska News  May 29,2011
A tropical storm, downgraded from a typhoon, is bringing heavy rain across a large area from western to eastern Japan.

The Meteorological Agency is calling for caution against mudslides.

The agency says the typhoon changed to a tropical storm around 3 PM on Sunday, after passing near southern Kyushu and reaching waters south of Shikoku.

Wet air from the south continues to blow into the front that stretches along the southern coasts of western and eastern Japan, causing heavy rain in the Shikoku, Kinki and Tokai regions.

Some parts of western Japan have had up to 250 millimeters of rainfall in the past 24 hours, heightening the risk of landslides.

Winds of up to 117 kilometers per hour were observed in Okayama Prefecture.

Wet air from the south is expected to hit cold air from the north above Honshu through Monday, and some parts of western and eastern Japan will have 50 to 70 millimeters of rainfall per hour. Heavy rain is also likely along the Pacific coast of the Tohoku region.

Gusts of up to 90 kilometers per hour are expected along the Pacific coast of western Japan through Monday. Waves will top 6 meters on the Pacific coast of eastern and western Japan as well as the Tohoku region.

Quake-hit areas have become vulnerable to mudslides and floods due to the loosening of the ground.

The agency is warning of possible flooding in low-lying areas, overflowing rivers, strong winds and high waves.



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