Heavy rain began falling in northern parts of Kyushu island on Friday, July 24, and further heavy showers are forecast across eastern and western regions through Sunday, July 26. The Japan Meteorological Agency has forecast 300 mm (12 in) of rain in Kyushu in 24 hours from Friday through Saturday, July 25, with 250 mm (10 in) forecast in Shikoku, 200 mm (8 in) in Chugoku, and 100 mm (4 in) in Kinki, Hokuriku, and Tokai regions.
Weather officials have warned of the threat of landslides, overflowing rivers, and flooding in low-lying areas. They have also warned of the possibility of lightning strikes and sudden gusts of wind, including tornadoes. Associated disruptions to transport and business are also expected over the weekend.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, including evacuation orders. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.
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