Weather agency: Rain front may cause downpours in Kyushu, other areas

Japan's Meteorological Agency says a seasonal rain front has brought heavy rain to southern Kyushu in southwestern Japan, and Shikoku in western Japan.

The agency said warm and humid air is blowing into the rain front that is hovering over western Japan. It says that is creating developed clouds over southern Kyushu and Shikoku.

It said 43 millimeters of rain was recorded in Ebinokogen in Miyazaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, during a one-hour period up to 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday. Tosashimizu City in Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, saw 31.5 millimeters of rainfall during the same one-hour period.

The agency said over 30 millimeters of rainfall per hour is forecast for southern Kyushu up to late in the afternoon on Tuesday. It said some areas may be hit by localized downpours of over 50 millimeters of rain per hour.

In the 24 hours through noon on Wednesday, as much as 100 millimeters of rain is expected in some areas in the region.

Agency officials are warning that downpours may also hit areas from the Kinki region in western Japan through the Tokai region in central Japan, as the rain front is expected to stay over western Japan until Wednesday.

The officials are warning people in the areas that may be affected to watch out for landslides, floods and swollen rivers. They also say thunderstorms and tornadoes may occur.