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Landslide risk as heavy rains hit western, eastern Japan: JMA

This screenshot from the Japan Meteorological Agency website shows a radar image of rain clouds over and around Japan on the afternoon of Sept. 10, 2018.

TOKYO -- Thunderstorms and heavy rain are hitting a wide swath of the Japanese archipelago from west to east on Sept. 10, raising the risk of landslides in areas where the ground has already been saturated by earlier downpours, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has announced.

The agency is calling for residents to be on high alert for landslides, flooding of low-lying areas, and swelling and overflowing rivers. Those in the path of the storm are advised to beware of lightning, tornados, strong winds and hail.

According to the JMA, the weather front is moving east from the southern Amami Islands to eastern Japan, bringing continuous rain and thunderstorms to some parts of eastern Japan and the northeastern Tohoku region through the night of Sept. 10 and into the morning of Sept. 11.

In the 24-hour period until 6 p.m. on Sept. 11, some 80 millimeters of rain is expected to fall in the Kanto-Koshin and Tokai regions in central and eastern Japan. From western Japan through the Tohoku region, there are areas where the ground has already been loosened and river are already swollen due to previous rains.

Residents in the affected areas are advised to remain indoors or otherwise find a secure location in the event a thunderstorm passes through the area, and also be aware of possible hail damage.

(The Mainichi)

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