Heavy Rain Continues To Hit Southern Kyushu

Heavy rain continues to hit southern Kyushu

Intermittent torrential rain continues to hit the southern part of Japan's Kyushu Island. The precipitation has reached record levels in some places.

The Meteorological Agency says more than 350 millimeters of rain fell in Satsumasendai City in Kagoshima Prefecture over a 24-hour period. The amount exceeds the average monthly rainfall for July, and is a regional record for the month.

Nearly 50 millimeters of rain fell between 11 a.m. and noon in Kimotsuki Town.

Warm, damp air is flowing into a rain front over Kyushu, creating groups of thunderclouds.

The heavy rain has increased the risk of landslides in Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures. The Hiroto River in Nichinan City, Miyazaki, is at risk of flooding.

Weather officials warn the front will linger over Kyushu and other regions of western Japan through Thursday. They are urging people to be on high alert for mudslides, flooding in low-lying areas as well as thunderstorms and tornados.