Rain and winds hit western through eastern Japan

Rain has been falling from the Kinki region in western Japan through the Kanto region near Tokyo since Tuesday morning.

The Meteorological Agency attributed the weather conditions to warm and damp air flowing toward a front from a low pressure system over the Sea of Japan.

Strong winds have also been observed in wide areas from western through northern Japan.

Before 6 a.m. on Tuesday, the maximum instantaneous wind speed was about 91 kilometers per hour at Cape Soya in Hokkaido, northern Japan and around 75.6 kilometers per hour in Mihama Town, Fukui Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast.

Weather officials said rain is expected to continue mainly in eastern and northern Japan, with thunderstorms possibly hitting the Tokai region in central Japan around noon.

They added that strong winds may affect eastern and northern Japan on Wednesday. They urged people to be on alert for high waves on the sea.