Tropical Storm Nari At Tokai Region, Heading North

Tropical Storm Nari at Tokai region, heading north

Torrential rains continue to pummel parts of central Japan as Tropical Storm Nari heads north through the Tokai region. Rain clouds around the storm clashing with moist air from the south are bringing localized downpours to wide areas from the Kinki to the Kanto-Koshin regions.

Weather officials warn of the possibility of landslides.

The Meteorological Agency says Nari was located near Yokkaichi City in Mie Prefecture at Saturday noon. It is heading north-northeast at a speed of 20 kilometers an hour, packing winds of up to 65 kilometers an hour.

It will then move along the Pacific side of eastern Japan and change to a tropical depression.

Rain clouds along the storm's course are dumping torrents of rain over localized areas. The town of Wakasa, Fukui Prefecture, measured 40 millimeters of rain during the hour before 2 p.m.. Thirty-nine millimeters was recorded in the city of Higashiomi in neighboring Shiga Prefecture.

Earlier in the eastern Kanto region, strong wind gusts caused by unstable conditions before dawn struck the city of Sano, Tochigi Prefecture. The wind damaged roofs and windows over a strip two kilometers long.

Weather officials warn that areas around the storm and its predicted course can expect rainfall of 100 to 200 millimeters by Sunday morning.

They also warn of strong winds and high waves in the Kinki and Tokai regions, as well as on the Izu islands south of Tokyo.