Many people in central Kyushu woke up to a torrent of rainfall this morning cuasing many to flee there homes as waters continued to rise around western Japan.
Devastating rains across Kyushu have been dumping unprecedented levels of Precipitation. Some parts of Kumamoto Prefecture have received up to 108mm of rain for a single hour, and this occurring for several hours has added to totals of 508mm over the past 24hrs. At this time flood warnings are still posted as far north as Tokyo and while more rainfall continues to fall the situation continues to worsen.
At this time there has been ten reports of Deaths while 20 are still missing due to the staggering amount of rainfall cuasing landslides and floods.
This is all due to moist air being pulled out of the Pacific and dumping along Kyushu due to the active seasonal front across the area. As that air runs on to land it hits all of these mountains and gets squeezed out like a sponge. And then in return falls in buckets. The forecast at this time through Friday and Saturday even expect this front to produce heavy rainfall in Eastern Japan. Across Kyushu an additional 200mm could be seen on top of the already devastating floods. Yet over towards the Kanto area you could see up to 150mm in Tokyo through Friday before the rain finally starts to die off by the weekend.
Not only are the heavy rains problems but also gusty winds, some areas have seen wind gust up to 93kph as storms continue to blow up here. Landslide threat is also on the cards as Earthquakes are hitting Japan today. The following link shows a quake that occured earlier today. http://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/3/20120712135849391-121354.html
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