Japan's Meteorological Agency is warning of torrential rains of more than 1,000 millimeters in some areas as severe tropical storm Krosa approaches the western part of the country.
Agency forecaster Ryuta Kurora explained at a news conference on Tuesday that Krosa could make landfall in western Japan from Wednesday through Thursday.
Weather officials say extremely heavy rain will hit the island of Kyushu in southwestern Japan on Wednesday. They are warning people in the region to stay on the alert for rain-triggered disasters and to take precautions to ensure their own safety.
The meteorological agency says rain clouds are developing as a seasonal rain front hovers over the region and warm, humid air flows in.
Parts of Japan's southern island of Kyushu have had record rainfall of more than 800 millimeters since last week. Weather officials say very heavy rain will hit Kyushu on Wednesday and Thursday.
Torrential rain continues to soak Kyushu. Weather officials have issued warnings of mudslides for all of Kagoshima Prefecture.
Heavy rains continue to hit Japan's southwestern island of Kyushu and other areas. Meteorological Agency officials are warning of rain-triggered mudslides.
Hioki City in Kagoshima Prefecture had 320 millimeters of rain within a 24-hour period until Monday afternoon. That is more than the average amount for the whole month of July.
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.
Weather officials say Yamagata Prefecture in northeastern Japan is being hit by torrential rainfall on Sunday. They are warning of mudslides and flooding in the region.
The Meteorological Agency says 113 millimeters of rain fell during a one-hour period to 1:40 PM in Sakata City on the Sea of Japan coast.