Heavy rains hit the eastern side of Japan on Wednesday, June 21. The Japanese Meteorological Agency warned that landslides are possible in the Oita and Kumamoto prefectures. Local officials in the Shizuoka prefecture issued a temporary evacuation order to over 360,000 residents in Hamamatsu due to possible flooding. The strong wind and heavy rains also caused disruptions to some railway services, including parts of the Tokaido Shinkansen line. Rains are expected to continue through at least 06:00 (local time) on Thursday, June 22. Additional transportation disruptions and evacuation orders may occur.
According to forecasts, some parts of the Tokai region are expected to receive up to 200 mm (7.9 in) of rainfall and up to 180 mm (7.1 in) in the Kinki region through June 22.
Individuals in the above areas are advised to follow local weather forecasts and to adhere to any advice issued by the regional authorities (e.g. potential evacuation orders). In the event of flooding, keep in mind that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products.
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