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Heavy rains expected from western to northern Japan

Rain clouds and projected precipitation levels as of 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, 2018 are seen in this image from the Japan Meteorological Agency website.

TOKYO -- Heavy rains are expected to continue in wide areas of Japan including western and northern regions through the night of Aug. 16, and flooding, landslides, lightning attacks and tornadoes are possible, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

The JMA said the Tohoku and Hokuriku regions in northern Japan as well as the Shikoku region in the western part of the country are expected to have up to 150 millimeters of rain in a 24-hour period ending 6 a.m. on Aug. 17. Tohoku, which includes the prefectures of Aomori, Iwate, Akita, Miyagi, Fukushima and Yamagata, is likely to have torrential rains of up to 80 millimeters per hour.

During the same period, the Tokai region in central Japan is forecast to have 120 millimeters, while Hokkaido in the northernmost part of the country and the Kanto-Koshin region including Tokyo and surrounding prefectures are expected to see 100 millimeters of precipitation.

The rough weather is due to the presence and development of a number of low pressure systems in the north and a cold front moving southward in the eastern and western parts of Japan, the JMA said.

Residents in those areas are advised to beware of flooding of rivers, landslides and lightning strikes, according to the agency.

(Mainichi)

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