Torrential rain may trigger landslides, flooding in eastern Japan

Japanese weather officials are urging people in eastern Japan to stay on alert for landslides and flooding in low-lying areas. They say torrential rain may fall in the region until Monday evening.

The Meteorological Agency says extremely unstable atmospheric conditions in northern and eastern Japan are causing downpours on the Pacific coast in the Tokai and Tohoku regions.

Severe thunderstorms may hit limited areas of eastern Japan until Monday evening.

In the 24-hour period through Tuesday noon, up to 130 millimeters of rain is expected in the Kanto-Koshin region.

The agency is urging caution for landslides, flooding in low-lying areas, swelling rivers, lightning, gusts and hailstorms.

People are advised to take shelter in sturdy buildings if the sky suddenly turns dark. This may be a sign of developed thunderheads approaching.