Severe Tropical Storm Krosa Hits Western Japan



Severe tropical storm Krosa hits western Japan

A severe tropical storm battering western Japan has left one person dead and at least 23 others injured. Officials are urging people across a wide area to stay alert for swollen rivers, strong winds, high waves and landslides.

The Meteorological Agency estimates Krosa made landfall near Kure city in Hiroshima Prefecture at about 3 p.m. local time.The storm is moving north -- bringing violent winds and torrential rain.



Krosa is causing rough seas. Video taken on a ferry to Niijima island south of Tokyo on Thursday morning shows passengers struggling to keep their balance.

Waves could be as high as 9 meters along coastal areas of the Shikoku, Kinki and Tokai regions -- and 6 meters along Hokkaido, Tohoku, Hokuriku, and Izu islands.

Some areas have seen more than 650 millimeters of rainfall. Overall precipitation may exceed 1000 millimeters in affected locations. Officials warn of landslides in Ehime, Tokushima and Nara prefectures.

Evacuation advisories have been issued to about 170,000 households in western Japan.