Ns News Online Desk: The approach of Typhoon No. 14 from the west brought heavy rainfall early Oct. 10 to the Izu chain of islands south of Tokyo as well as the Kinki region of Honshu. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the typhoon passed south of the Kii Peninsula in an easterly direction, activating a seasonal front and triggering heavy rains.
Residents of the Izu islands were urged to be vigilant against the threat of landslides.
At 5 p.m., the agency issued a special heavy rain warning to residents of the Izu islands of Miyakejima and Mikurajima of unprecedented rainfall.
The agency said some areas of the two islands may already be experiencing landslides or flooding. Residents were told to move away from rivers and cliffs and stay in sturdy buildings if they were unable to reach an evacuation center.
As of 10 a.m. on Oct. 10, the town of Hachijo on Hachijojima island recorded 528 millimeters of rain. In areas of the Kinki region, Nachikatsuura in Wakayama Prefecture got 486.5 mm, while Owase in Mie Prefecture recorded 449 mm. Landslide warnings were also issued for the Nara Prefecture cities of Nara and Tenri.
At noon on Oct. 10, Typhoon No. 14 was about 160 kilometers south of Shionomisaki cape in Wakayama Prefecture and traveling in an east-northeasterly direction at 15 kph. It was expected to continue moving in an easterly direction in the Pacific to the south of Honshu.
While unlikely to make landfall, the typhoon was forecast to approach the Kinki region around noon Oct. 10, the Tokai region between before noon and the evening of Oct. 10 and the Kanto-Koshin region from the evening of Oct. 10 to early the next day. It was expected to come closest to the Izu islands between early on Oct. 11 or later that morning.
Heavy rain was forecast for much of the Pacific coast of Honshu on Oct. 10 with downpours expected to continue into the next day for the Izu islands. The Izu islands were forecast to get 300 mm of rain in the 24-hour period until noon Oct. 11.