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Heavy rain forecast to lash southwest Japan through July 4

The image from the Japan Meteorological Agency website, current as of 4:41 p.m. on July 2, 2019, shows warnings and advisories issued as heavy rain is expected in the south and western parts of the country.

Torrential downpours could hit the Kyushu region in southwest Japan from before midday on July 3 through to July 4, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)'s Fukuoka Regional Headquarters warned on July 2.

Some areas may see record-breaking amounts of rainfall due to increased seasonal rain front activity, with the amount over a 24-hour period topping the rainfall for an average year's July.

The JMA is calling for residents to be on high alert and evacuate early in the event of disasters as the rain threatens to trigger landslides and river flooding.

In the 24-hour period from 6 p.m. on July 2, the places with the highest expected rainfall are northern Kyushu with 180 millimeters and southern Kyushu at 150 millimeters. In the 24-hour period from 6 p.m. on July 3, the whole Kyushu region is forecast to receive between 300 and 400 millimeters of rain.

(Japanese original by Tadashi Sano and Masanori Nishijima, Kyushu News Department)

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