Nepartak Makes Landfall In Northeastern Japan

Nepartak makes landfall in northeastern Japan

Tropical storm Nepartak made landfall on the Pacific coast of northeastern Japan on Wednesday morning.

The Meteorological Agency says Nepartak was spotted around Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The agency says the storm was heading north.

Nepartak has an atmospheric pressure of 992 hectopascals at its center. It is packing winds of up to 72 kilometers per hour and maximum gusts of 108 kilometers per hour.

Winds of more than 54 kilometers per hour are blowing within 500 kilometers north and 390 kilometers south of the center.

Radar analysis shows that about 200 millimeters of rain fell in Izu Oshima Island in the three-hour period up to 0:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Weather officials issued a mudslide advisory for the island.

Nepartak is likely to cause downpours accompanied by thunder in the Tohoku and Kanto-Koshinetsu regions.

For the 24 hours through late Wednesday night, weather officials forecast up to 150 millimeters of rain along the Pacific coast of the Tohoku region and 100 millimeters of rain along the Japan Sea coast of the Tohoku region.

Winds of up to 72 kilometers per hour and maximum gusts of 108 kilometers per hour are forecast for the Pacific coast side of the Tohoku area.

Officials are warning of mudslides, floods in low-lying areas, swollen rivers, gusts, high waves and lightning.