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Landslide warning issued for Kagoshima Pref. after downpour; typhoon moving east

This radar image from the Japan Meteorological Agency website shows rain over southwestern Japan as of 10:30 a.m. on June 28, 2019.
This radar image from the Japan Meteorological Agency website shows rain over Japan as of 10:30 a.m. on June 28, 2019.

TOKYO -- The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued a landslide warning for parts of Kagoshima Prefecture on the morning of June 28, after heavy rain lashed southwestern Japan.

Specifically, the warning, equivalent to Level 4 on a Japanese five-point severity scale, was issued to residents in the cities of Kagoshima, Satsumasendai, Hioki, Ichikikushikino and Aira, as well as the town of Satsuma.

The Kagoshima Municipal Government issued an evacuation advisory to residents in the city except for the Kiire district at 7:40 a.m., after it determined that there was an increased risk of landslides, calling on residents to flee to safer places and upland areas.

According to the JMA, rainfall over a six-hour period up to 9 a.m. on June 28 was 163.5 millimeters in the city of Hioki, 151.5 millimeters in the Yaeyama district of the city of Satsumasendai, 131 millimeters in the city's Sendai district, 112 millimeters in the town of Satsuma, and 101.5 millimeters in the city of Ebino in neighboring Miyazaki Prefecture.

According to the JMA, Typhoon Sepat, the third typhoon of the year, was located about 100 kilometers southeast of the city of Choshi, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, at 9 a.m. on June 28 and was moving east-northeast at about 55 kilometers per hour.

The typhoon had a central atmospheric pressure of 994 hectopascals, a maximum sustained wind speed of 20 meters per second and a top instantaneous wind speed of 30 meters per second.

The typhoon is expected to be downgraded to an extratropical cyclone, moving toward an area east of the Japanese archipelago by 9 p.m. the same day.

(Mainichi)

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