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Typhoon Neoguri may drench areas of Japan still reeling from Typhoon Hagibis damage

In this Oct. 12, 2019 file photo, residents of a neighborhood in the central Japan city of Shizuoka that was flooded by Typhoon Hagibis are seen cleaning up their homes as the water begins to recede. (Mainichi/Wakako Otani)

TOKYO -- Typhoon Neoguri is feared to bring heavy rain to areas devastated by Typhoon Hagibis that lashed Japan earlier this month, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

The JMA is urging residents of areas hit hard by Typhoon Hagibis to exercise caution against further floods and landslides.

"It's assumed that the ground has loosened in extensive areas after being hit by the 19th typhoon (Hagibis). Residents in areas other than those affected by the disaster should also exercise caution," said a JMA official.

The typhoon, this year's 20th, is expected to be downgraded to an extratropical cyclone above the Pacific Ocean south of the Kii Peninsula, western Japan, as early as the evening of Oct. 21, according to the JMA. However, the extratropical storm will likely move further north along the country's Pacific coast with a seasonal rain front in the following two days.

The maximum amount of rainfall over a 24-hour period up to 6 a.m. on Oct. 22 is estimated to be 300 millimeters in the Tokai region in central Japan, 200 millimeters in the western Japan region of Kinki, and 150 millimeters in the Shikoku region in western Japan and on the Izu Islands south of Tokyo. A further 50 to 100 millimeters of precipitation is expected for the Kanto-Koshin region that includes Tokyo and the Tohoku region in northeastern Japan in the following 24 hours.

(Japanese original by Kenichi Omura, Integrated Digital News Center)

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