Torrential Rain Pummels Western Japan

Torrential rain pummels western Japan

People in parts of western Japan are taking cover as another downpour hammers the region. Cities in Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures on the island of Kyushu were deluged by 110 millimeters of rain in one hour.

Japan's Meteorological Agency has issued warnings for flooding and landslides.

The agency says the unstable conditions are a result of warm, moist air that's flowing into tropical storm Danas.

It says over a one-hour period on Sunday morning, the cities of Kurume in Fukuoka and Tosu in Saga received 110 millimeters of rain.

Officials have issued a landslide alert for some parts of Fukuoka, Saga, Kochi, Tokushima and Hiroshima prefectures.

One local resident says, "I heard thunder and then the rain came. It was so heavy. The road in front of my house was already under water, so I decided to evacuate."

The meteorological agency says that over a 24-hour period, Shikoku could see as much as 180 millimeters of rain.

Parts of Kyushu could get as much as 120 millimeters.

The agency says there's a risk of landslides and flooding.