Severe Tropical Storm Krosa Hitting Western Japan

Severe tropical storm Krosa hitting western Japan

A severe tropical storm has made landfall in western Japan. Officials urge people across a wide area to stay alert for swollen rivers, strong winds, high waves and landslides. One person has been killed. At least 21 others have been injured.

The Meteorological Agency estimates Krosa landed near Kure city in Hiroshima Prefecture at about 3 p.m.. The storm is moving north, bringing violent winds.

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

Waves could reach 9 meters along coastal areas of the Shikoku, Kinki and Tokai regions, and 8 meters along northern Kyushu and Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Some areas have seen more than 600 millimeters of rainfall. Overall precipitation may exceed 1200 millimeters in affected locations. Officials warn of landslides in Kochi, Ehime, Tokushima and Nara prefectures.

Evacuation advisories have been issued to about 210,000 households in western Japan.