More Heavy Rain to Target Japan in Wake of Neoguri

By , Senior Meteorologist
July 11, 2014; 4:53 AM ET
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Welcome dry weather for cleanup efforts across Japan in the wake of once-Super Typhoon Neoguri will be brief with more heavy rain on the horizon.

Neoguri was losing its tropical characteristics (becoming what is known as extratropical) early Friday morning local time as it tracked toward the Pacific waters east of Japan.

Despite acquiring this new status, danger in the form of flooding rain remain.

While rain and wind diminish across Honshu--including Tokyo--by daybreak Friday, flooding rain and damaging wind gusts will focus on easternmost Hokkaido and the southern Kuril Islands through Friday night. Additional rain will bring totals here to 150 to 250 mm (6 to 10 inches).

Some rain will linger across Honshu on Friday as Kyushu and Shikoku welcome dry weather. Aside from a stray shower in northwestern Honshu and across Hokkaido, all of mainland Japan will start the weekend on a dry note.

The lack of rain and wind will benefit relief and cleanup efforts, where Neoguri triggered flooding and mudslides. About 100 homes have been totally or partially destroyed by Neoguri with nearly another 700 flooded, NHK World reported on its website.

The storm is being blamed for at least three deaths and 55 injuries. Among the dead is a 12-year-old boy who died when a mudslide swept away a home in the Nagano Prefecture in central Japan on Wednesday.

The storm, once a super typhoon, brought 202 mm (8 inches) in nine hours to Tarumi, a ward of Kobe City, and 103.5 mm (4 inches) rain in seven hours to Yakushima, Kagoshima Prefecture.

Hiwasa had 58.5 mm (2.3 inches) of rainfall in one hour. The community of Ebino in the Miyazaki Prefecture has received a total of 361.5 mm (14.23 inches) with most falling Wednesday afternoon and night.

Cleanup efforts will be hindered later in the weekend as a new storm system from China spreads rain across southern Japan in a west-to-east fashion.

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Some of the rain will be heavy, threatening to renew flooding problems and trigger more mudslides. The heaviest rain, however, is expected to bypass northern Honshu and Hokkaido.

Drenching showers and thunderstorms will first hamper cleanup efforts around Okinawa and the rest of the Ryukyu Islands as the end of a frontal boundary continues to interact with tropical moisture through Saturday.

As Neoguri leaves Japan, the attention of the Hurricane Center is turning to newly-formed Tropical Storm 9W.

The depression is currently located southeast of Guam and will likely target the island and the neighboring Mariana Islands Saturday local time with heavy rain and winds strong enough to cause some tree damage and power outages.

Beyond the weekend, the depression may become the next typhoon as it tracks to the west or northwest through the Pacific Ocean.

Residents of Taiwan, the southern Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa, and eastern China, including Shanghai, should closely monitor the progress of Tropical Depression 9W for any future tropical threats.

Even those northward to South Korea and southward to Luzon Island in the Philippines should check back with for additional updates.


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