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More rain expected in western Japan
Japan’s weather officials say a low-pressure system and a rain front stretching over the East China Sea are bringing heavy rain to western Japan.
The Meteorological Agency says radar analysis shows that about 110 millimeters of torrential rain fell in an hour on Monday afternoon in Tsushima City, Nagasaki Prefecture.
The agency is calling on people to be on high alert for possible landslides and flooding.
The agency also says unstable conditions will likely bring heavy rain to western Japan from Monday through Wednesday.
In the 24 hours through Tuesday evening, up to 250 millimeters of rain is expected in the Kyushu and Shikoku regions, up to 200 millimeters in the Kansai region, up to 150 millimeters in Yamaguchi Prefecture and up to 120 millimeters in the Chugoku region.
Weather officials are calling on people to stay alert for landslides, flooding in low-lying areas, swollen rivers, lightning strikes and sudden gusts.
Weather officials warn of more heavy rain in western Japan
Japanese weather officials are warning of more heavy downpours in the country’s west. They are calling on people in the region to be on alert for landslides and flooding.
Officials say bands of active rain clouds formed over Yamaguchi, Fukuoka, Saga and Oita prefectures, bringing heavy rain from late Monday through Tuesday morning.
Atmospheric conditions in western and eastern Japan will likely remain extremely unstable through Wednesday, due to a low-pressure system and rain front.
In the 24-hour period through Wednesday morning, up to 250 millimeters of rainfall are expected in northern and southern Kyushu; 200 millimeters in Shikoku and Kansai; 180 millimeters in Tokai; 150 millimeters in Kanto-Koshin; 120 millimeters in Yamaguchi Prefecture; and 100 millimeters in Chugoku and Hokuriku.
The Meteorological Agency is warning of landslides, flooding in low-lying areas and swollen rivers, as well as lightning strikes and strong gusts.
People are advised to stay on the alert, even after the rain subsides. There have been cases in which landslides occurred, or rivers began to overflow their banks, a couple of hours after rains settled down.