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Torrential rain continues to pound southwest Japan

This image captured from the Japan Meteorological Agency website shows the precipitation intensity across Japan as of 10:20 a.m. on July 19, 2022.

TOKYO -- Heavy rain continued to lash southwest Japan's Kyushu region and nearby Yamaguchi Prefecture from late on July 18 due to a weather front and a low atmospheric pressure system.

    According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), it had confirmed the emergence of linear rainbands, which trigger localized rain, in parts of Fukuoka, Saga and Oita prefectures in Kyushu and Yamaguchi Prefecture through the wee hours of July 19.

    Linear rainbands may also emerge in Fukuoka, Oita, Nagasaki, Saga and Kumamoto prefectures in northern Kyushu and Yamaguchi Prefecture through the morning of July 19, as well as in Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures in southern Kyushu except for the Amami region through the daytime of the same day.

    The JMA called on residents in affected areas to continue to be on their guard against landslides, inundations in low-lying areas and river flooding.

    According to the JMA, the active weather front is expected to bring heavy rain from western to eastern Japan through July 20. The maximum precipitation forecast for the 24-hour period up to 6 a.m. on July 20 is 250 millimeters in northern and southern Kyushu, 200 mm in west Japan's Shikoku and Kinki regions, 180 mm in central Japan's Tokai region, 150 mm in east Japan's Kanto-Koshin region that includes Tokyo, and 100 mm in west Japan's Chugoku region and the Hokuriku region in the Sea of Japan side of central Japan.

    The maximum rainfall projected for the 24-hour period up to 6 a.m. on July 21 is 100 to 150 mm in northern and southern Kyushu. Residents in areas outside Kyushu are also urged to be on the alert against heavy rain, according to the agency.

    (Japanese original by Ikuko Ando, Tokyo City News Department)

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