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Downpour in Kyushu

July 8, 2016

JMA advises caution as heavy rains pound Kyushu area


Japanese version

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) advised residents to be careful of mudslides and flooding as heavy rains pounded Kagoshima Prefecture on July 8.

In southern Kyushu, 80-millimeter-per-hour rain is predicted in Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures until around noon on July 9. Over the 24-hour period between noon on July 8 and noon on July 9, rainfall is expected to reach some 300 millimeters in areas of Kagoshima Prefecture, and parts of Miyazaki Prefecture are expected to see about 250 millimeters.

According to the JMA's Fukuoka Regional Headquarters, for the one hour until 9:57 a.m. on July 8, 89.5 millimeters of precipitation were observed in the town of Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Prefecture.

Northern Kyushu and Yamaguchi Prefecture, meanwhile, could see heavy rains accompanied by lightning. In Kumamoto and Oita prefectures, which were damaged by the Kumamoto Earthquake in April, rain of around 70 millimeters per hour is expected in some areas, adding up to around 250 millimeters over the 24-hour period ending at noon on July 9.

The heavy rains are the result of moist air moving north into a low-pressure zone in the East China Sea.

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