Weather officials in Japan are forecasting extremely heavy rain in the southwestern main island of Kyushu. They are warning people in the region to stay on the alert for rain-triggered disasters and to take precautions to ensure their own safety.
The Meteorological Agency says rain clouds are developing as a seasonal rain front hovers over the region and warm, humid air flows in. Parts of southern Kyushu have had more than 800 millimeters of rain since last week. Weather officials have issued warnings of mudslides for Kagoshima Prefecture.
The officials say the rain front will become more active until Thursday, with localized downpours of more than 80 millimeters per hour for Kyushu. They forecast that daily rainfall will be as much as the monthly average for July.
Southern Kyushu is expected to have up to 350 millimeters of rain in the 24 hours through Thursday morning.
The officials say the downpours will intensify. Maximum rainfall from Thursday morning through Friday morning is expected to be 200 to 300 millimeters in southern Kyushu, and 100 to 150 millimeters in northern Kyushu, Shikoku and Tokai.