The Japan Meteorological Agency warned the Tohoku and Kyushu regions on Monday that heavy rains will continue and flood western Japan, prompting the agency to remind people of observing safety precautions because of the dire weather. The agency also reminded caution for possible lightning strikes and tornadoes. Residents are even advised to evacuate the area to be safe.
The first Monday of September greeted western Japan with heavy rains, leaving 94 mm of rainfall per hour in the city of Tamba in Hyogo Prefecture and 68.5 mm of rainfall in Minamisatsuma in Kagoshima Prefecture. About 6,600 residents of Taka in Hyogo Prefecture were instructed to evacuate as water levels in nearby rivers kept rising. Train services were also affected because of the heavy rains as the Kyushu Shinkansen Line services were interrupted on Monday. The continuous heavy rains are also feared to cause landslides and further flooding in the areas.
In the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima, about 150 people were evacuated as the heavy rains left most houses submerged. According to the weather bureau, warm and humid air flowing near the main island of Honshu coupled with colder air pushing northward led to unstable weather conditions. They suspect that rainfall will be hitting as high as 200mm until Tuesday morning in the Shikoku region. In the regions of Kyushu and Tokai as well as Yamagata Prefecture, 150mm of rainfall is expected to hit the area.
[via The Mainichi]