Heavy rain lashes western and southwestern Japan as typhoon moves over Korean Peninsula

Heavy rain lashed Fukuoka and Saga prefectures in Kyushu and Hiroshima Prefecture in Honshu Sunday morning as warm and moist air flowed into Typhoon Danas, which is traveling over the Korean Peninsula.

The Meteorological Agency warned residents to stay alert for landslides and flooding.

Rainfall in the hour until 5:50 a.m. amounted to about 110 millimeters in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, and the city of Tosu and the town of Miyaki, both in Saga Prefecture.

Landslide warnings were issued for some areas in three prefectures in Kyushu — Fukuoka, Saga and Oita — as well as parts of Hiroshima in the Chugoku region and Kochi Prefecture in Shikoku. Such warnings were temporarily issued for parts of Nagasaki and Miyazaki prefectures in Kyushu.

Evacuation orders were issued for the whole of the Fukuoka town of Chikuzen, some areas in the Fukuoka cities of Kurume and Asakura, the city of Hiroshima and the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture.

On Saturday, special heavy rain warnings were issued temporarily for the Goto Islands and the island of Tsushima in Nagasaki.

Some train services were canceled or delayed on some lines operated by Kyushu Railway Co., including the Nippo Main Line, the Nagasaki Main Line and the Kagoshima Main Line.

Some sections of the Kyushu Expressway, the Nagasaki Expressway and the Oita Expressway were closed to traffic.

Typhoon Danas made landfall on the Korean Peninsula late Saturday night.

As of 9 a.m. Sunday, the fifth typhoon of this year had a central atmospheric pressure of 998 hectopascals and was traveling north-northeast over the eastern coastal area of the peninsula at a speed of 30 kph. It had maximum sustained winds of 18 meters per second, with gusts reaching 25 meters per second.

In the 24 hours until noon Monday, rainfall is seen totaling up to 200 millimeters in northern Kyushu, up to 150 millimeters in Chugoku and Shikoku, and up to 100 millimeters in southern Kyushu.

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