Severe tropical storm Neoguri is moving along the southern coast of Japan. The storm has slammed the archipelago, causing heavy rains across much of the country. It has killed 3 people and injured 55.
The Meteorological Agency says Neoguri has passed over Kyushu, one of Japan's 4 major islands, after making landfall on Thursday morning.
The storm has picked up speed, heading east-north-east at 40 kilometers per hour, with a maximum wind velocity of about 90 kilometers per hour.
Heavy rains caused a mudslide in a mountainous area of central Japan, on Wednesday. The torrent of mud swept away a house, killing a 12-year-old boy. 2 men in different prefectures died after falling into irrigation ditches.
The storm has totally or partially destroyed about 100 houses, and flooded nearly 700 others.
Evacuation orders or advisories are in place for about 670 households. 200 households have been left without electricity.
Weather officials say further heavy rain is expected across the country, possibly dumping up to 80 millimeters per hour in some places.
Officials are asking the public to stay alert for further heavy rain, strong winds and flooding in northern part of Japan's main island of Honshu and the northern island of Hokkaido.
Jul. 10, 2014 - Updated 10:31 UTC