Deadly Landslides and Floods Strike Across Northern Japan

At least six people are dead following severe flooding and landslides that struck the northern part of the country Friday.
The English-language Japan Times reports four people were found dead Saturday in Senboku city, Akita Prefecture, after a landslide destroyed several homes.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said nearly 5 inches of rain fell Friday at the Lake Tazawa meteorological station in Senboku, much of it falling in just four hours.

To the east in neighboring Iwate Prefecture, Japanese television network FNN reported a 91-year-old woman was killed in a landslide and a 62-year-old man was swept to his death by a raging river.

The intense thunderstorms occurred at the northern edge of a major heat wave that has spread from China into Japan in recent days.

Typhoon hits southwestern Japan with strong winds, heavy rain pours

Typhoon Guchol lashed southwestern Japan today with strong winds and heavy rain as it moved toward the center of the country, forcing airlines and train operators to cancel services amid warnings of flooding and landslides.

Guchol was about 25 miles southwest of Owase city, Mie prefecture at 6 p.m. local time, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Sustained winds were 81 mph, making it a Category 1 storm, the weakest on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

The storm is forecast to pass over the eastern Kanto region that includes Tokyo before weakening into a tropical storm as it crosses Japan’s main island of Honshu.

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