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Heavy Rains Inundate Japan

Japan
July 11, 2007

On Wednesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency alerted eastern and western Japan as well as the Pacific side of the Kyushu region to the possibility of landslides and flooding as heavy rain, accompanied by thunder, may fall in the areas from Wednesday to Thursday morning.
Warm, humid air from the south is flowing toward a rain front, which extends to the Sea of Japan coast, making the atmosphere unstable on the south side of the rain front, the agency said. Torrential rain of 40-60 millimeters an hour hit eastern and western Japan as well as the Pacific side of Kyushu.
A record 89 mm of rain per hour was logged at Mt. Hoyoshi in Kagoshima Prefecture, while 107 mm rain, also a record, fell in Cape Sata in the same prefecture.
Cumulative rainfall through 6 a.m. Thursday may reach 300 mm in southern Kinki, 200 mm in each of southern Kyushu and the Pacific side of Shikoku, 180 mm in Tokai, and 150 mm each in northern Kyushu and the Koshin region.
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