July 24, 2017 – The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced today that heavy rain will fall intermittently on the Hokuriku and Tohoku regions through July 25.
The JMA has warned people in those regions to watch out for landslides, swollen and overflowing rivers, and also flooding in lowland areas.
According to the JMA, a stagnating weather front is moving from the Sea of Japan to the Hokuriku and southern Tohoku regions — causing warm, humid air to flow, which in turn will create lively frontal activity. The flow of the humid air over these areas will make the atmosphere very unstable.
It is anticipated that up to 150 millimeters of rain will fall on the Hokuriku region, while the Tohoku region can expect up to 120 millimeters, over a 24-hour period until 6 a.m. on July 25.
There have already been some swollen rivers as well as loosened ground in these regions, as a result of the heavy rain.
In addition, the level of rain that fell in Akita Prefecture this weekend and reached a record high, and there have also been a number of flooded rivers in the prefecture.