Storm Krosa Barrels Through Western Japan

Storm Krosa barrels through western Japan

Tropical storm Krosa has barreled through western Japan, leaving one person dead, 49 injured and one other missing . Officials have issued warnings in many areas for landslides, strong winds, high waves and swollen rivers.

The Meteorological Agency says the storm is moving north after bringing torrential rain to Hiroshima and Shimane prefectures.

Some areas have seen up to 800 millimeters of rainfall. More heavy downpours are expected for wide areas along the Pacific coast on Friday.

Officials have issued landslide warnings in Kyoto, Nara, Gifu and Yamanashi prefectures.

The storm is expected to bring heavy rain to the northern part of the country through Saturday.

Krosa has disrupted transport services during the peak summer holiday period in Japan.

Airlines canceled over 800 domestic flights on Thursday. Another 48 flights were axed on Friday morning and flights to and from Tohoku and Hokkaido face disruptions depending on the course of the storm.

Airlines are advising passengers to check online for the latest flight information.

Bullet train services in western Japan are back to normal on Friday while they were either cancelled or reduced on Thursday. But railway companies say some regular trains will be cancelled to confirm the safety of the tracks.

Hokkaido Railway Company said it will cancel some regular train services because of the approaching storm.