Neoguri Inundates Japan, Kills Three

By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
July 11, 2014; 4:33 AM ET
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Tropical Storm Neoguri continues to weaken over Japan, but it still poses dangers to the nation with heavy rain and possible mudslides. Three people have already been killed.

As of 11 p.m. local time, Thursday, Neoguri had sustained winds of 75 kph (45 mph) with gusts up to 95 kph (55 mph). The storm is beginning to lose its tropical characteristics and will become what is known as extratropical by daybreak Friday.

"The big threat has shifted away from the strong winds to heavy rain in the mountainous regions," Meteorologist Evan Duffey said. "There is a sharp relief in topography and there will be a lot of variation in rainfall."

Even though Neoguri has weakened, the storm is a potent rainmaker.

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.

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The storm is blamed for at least three deaths and 55 injuries, NHK reported on its website.

A 12-year-old boy died when a mudslide swept away a home in the Nagano Prefecture in central Japan on Wednesday.

NHK also reports that Neoguri has totally or partially destroyed about 100 homes with nearly 700 others flooded.

Heavy rain and mudslides will threaten the coastal-facing areas in the central interior sections of Japan, Duffey said.

"On the East Coast, Tokyo, Yokohama and Sendai will be spared the worst," Duffey said.

As Neoguri becomes extratropical, the wind field will spread out and create the threat of damaging wind gusts along with heavy rain for Hokkaido Prefecture and the Kuril Islands, Duffey said.

A boundary setting up near Okinawa will be the focus of heavy showers and thunderstorms, which may hamper relief efforts in the region where Neoguri first struck.

Interests in the western Pacific need to be aware of a new tropical threat, Duffey said. meteorologists are monitoring newly-formed Tropical Depression 9W near Guam. Residents of Taiwan, the southern Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa, and eastern China, including Shanghai, should closely monitor the progress of the impending tropical threat.

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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