Jul 10, 2014

Tropical Storm Neoguri swept east toward Tokyo, threatening to hit the city overnight with heavy rains and strong winds after leaving at least two dead and forcing the evacuation of almost 90,000 people.

Neoguri was near Miyazaki on the southern island of Kyushu, where the storm had made landfall around 7 a.m., the Japan Meteorological Agency said on its website.

The storm was heading north toward the capital at 30 kilometers an hour (67 miles per hour) and could bring up to 50 millimeters (2 inches) of rain per hour to the region and the nearby Izu Islands tomorrow morning before dawn, the JMA said. It was generating wind gusts of up to 126 kph at 9:50 a.m.

Two deaths yesterday were attributed to Neoguri, including that of a 12-year-old boy who was killed in a landslide in Nagiso in the central prefecture of Nagano, according to a statement from Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

The disaster agency also said the storm was responsible for the death of an 83-year-old man whose body was found in an irrigation canal in the Fukushima prefecture city of Koriyama in northeastern Japan.

Evacuations Urged

The Mainichi newspaper reported that a man died July 8 after the fishing boat he was aboard capsized off the island of Shikoku in west Japan, where the weather agency had a high-wave advisory in effect.

The storm was responsible for 37 injuries in southern Japan, three of them serious, according to the disaster agency. Officials in the Kyushu city of Amakusa urged 87,327 residents to take shelter in gyms and other centers yesterday as the storm threatened homes, public broadcaster NHK reported on its website.

Neoguri was downgraded from typhoon to tropical storm before making landfall this morning. Strong winds and high waves could reach the Tokyo region as early as tonight, with gusts reaching 90 kmh around the city and 108 kmh on the nearby Izu Islands. Total rainfall in the Tokyo area could reach 150 millimeters for a 24 hour period ending tomorrow at 6 a.m.

Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-09/tropical-storm-neoguri-weakens-as-japan-evacuates-90-000.html