Krosa Nearing Hokkaido

Krosa nearing Hokkaido

Tropical storm Krosa has become a low pressure system. But Japanese weather officials are still urging people in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido to watch out for strong winds and high waves.

Krosa is now tracking northeast, bringing torrential rains to northern Japan, through Saturday. Disaster officials are urging people to stay alert for landslides and flash flooding.

Large parts of the country experienced heavy rain and swelling rivers as Krosa made landfall in western Japan and proceeded northward.

Krosa has left two people dead and at least 49 with injuries.

In Gifu city, four 20-person capacity tourist boats on the Nagara river were washed away or damaged. All tours were canceled on Friday. The river has overflowed as torrential rain fell upstream.

Up to 200 millimeters of rain is forecast in the 24-hour period through Saturday evening in Hokkaido.

Krosa is disrupting transportation services in the area. Airlines and rail operators are advising passengers to check their websites for the latest information.