Japan Braces For Heavy Rains As Krosa Nears

Japan braces for heavy rains as Krosa nears

Weather officials in Japan are warning of heavy rains as severe tropical storm Krosa approaches the western part of the country. They say it could make landfall by Thursday.

The Meteorological Agency expects winds of up to 110 kilometers per hour, with gusts reaching 160 kilometers per hour in the southern part of the Kyushu region through Wednesday. The officials also expect waves of up to 10 meters off the Shikoku region.

Krosa Approaches Japan With Heavy Rains

Krosa approaches Japan with heavy rains

Severe tropical storm Krosa is moving northwest over waters south of Japan. It could make landfall somewhere in the country by Thursday.

The Meteorological Agency warns that western and eastern Japan could see heavy rains even before the storm nears land.

Analysis On Torrential Rains In Kyushu

Analysis on torrential rains in Kyushu

Officials warn that continuing heavy rainfall in southwestern Japan may trigger life-threatening disasters. Click to watch NHK World meteorologist Jonathan Oh give the latest details and the rain forecast.

Analysis On Continuing Rains In Japan

Analysis on continuing rains in Japan

NHK World's meteorologist Sayaka Mori has given an analysis on the continuing rainfalls in southwestern Japan.

Authorities are warning that life-threatening disasters could hit the southwestern main island of Kyushu from Wednesday to Thursday.

Kyushu On Alert As Heavy Rains Continue

Kyushu on alert as heavy rains continue

Torrential rains are continuing to soak Japan's main southwestern island of Kyushu, with Kagoshima Prefecture in the south particularly hard hit.

The Meteorological Agency says a seasonal rain front remains over the area, bringing warm, damp air and creating rain clouds.

Torrential Rains And Strong Winds Hit Japan

Torrential rains and strong winds hit Japan

Umbrellas have proven to be futile in Japan -- as a fierce band of wet weather pounds the country's Pacific side.

Heavy rain and wind is continuing in and around Tokyo, and other regions north and south of the capital.

Japan Braces For Torrential Rains

Japan braces for torrential rains

Japanese weather officials are forecasting localized torrential rains across the country's west late Monday and in the east on Tuesday. They say warm, damp air and a rain front are causing the unstable atmospheric conditions.

The system brought heavy rains that saturated the ground in parts of the southwestern prefecture of Miyazaki by Monday morning.

Kyushu Rains Trigger Mudslide Warnings

Kyushu rains trigger mudslide warnings

Heavy rains continue to pound parts of Kyushu, southwestern Japan.

The Meteorological Agency says warm, humid air from the south is causing unstable atmospheric conditions in the area and bringing torrential rains.

Heavy Rains Leave Climbers Stranded In Yakushima

Heavy rains leave climbers stranded in Yakushima

More than 260 hikers are stranded on a mountain in southern Japan after record rainfall.

Officials in Yakushima Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, say at least 262 people who were descending the mountain on Saturday became stranded after landslides and fallen trees blocked roads.

Record Rains On Yonaguni Island

Record rains on Yonaguni Island

Japan's Meteorological Agency says Yonaguni-jima Island in Okinawa Prefecture has received rains at a level seen only once every 50 years.

The agency says warm, humid air destabilized the atmosphere, causing rainclouds to develop over the island from Monday morning.

Heavy Rains Continue In Hokuriku, Tohoku

Heavy rains continue in Hokuriku, Tohoku

Japan's Meteorological Agency says intermittent torrential rain is hitting parts of the Hokuriku region along the Sea of Japan coast, as well as the Tohoku region in the northeastern part of the country.

The agency is calling on people in the region to beware of landslides, overflowing rivers, thunderstorms and tornadoes.