Heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides has left at least 2 dead and 1 missing in Kumamoto prefecture Western Japan this Tuesday morning.
Kumamoto is the location of last months massive earthquake that damaged hundreds of homes across the city. This also left the ground unstable leaving it prone to landslide in the event of additional aftershocks or heavy rainfall.
During the overnight hours Monday in to Tuesday extremely unstable conditions that evolved off a pulse of energy with the rainy season front surged over Kyushu bringing up to 150mm of rainfall in just one hour. This was a recording breaking rain total for this location in Kumamoto.
Total accumulated precipitation has topped 500mm in parts of Kyushu triggering landslides in Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures.
Rivers across Kyushu are also in danger of flooding, this has prompted evacuation advisories for over 1,000 people on the island.
Good news is for Kumamoto the rainfall has stopped for the rest of Tuesday, BUT southern Kyushu still could see an additional 150mm with up to 120mm in parts of Shikoku through central Honshu.
Storms are expected to kick back up in Kumamoto once again by Wednesday morning though, so only a little bit of a break for the city. The city is already fairly prone for landslides so the additional rainfall will put the area at even higher risk. The image below is the landslide threat map as of Tuesday morning.
The wind has also been a impact from this storm. A gust up to 123kph was reported in Kochi Prefecture around 4AM Tuesday morning. Damaging winds are still possible through the rest of the day in stronger thunderstorms along the Pacific coastline.
Tokyo will also see a rumble of thunder Tuesday afternoon starting around 1-3PM. A few of the storms could carry frequent lightning and heavy rainfall. The worst of it will be towards Kanagawa and Chiba Prefectures along the coast though.