Tropical storm, front causing heavy rain

The Meteorological Agency says Nanmadol was moving east-northeast at 65 kilometers per hour at 7 PM on Tuesday. It is packing winds of about 90 kilometers per hour near its center.

The storm made landfall near Nagasaki in the western region of Kyushu in the morning.

Wide areas from western to eastern Japan are being pounded by heavy rain due to the storm and a seasonal front hovering over the Sea of Japan.

In Hakuba Village, central Japan, the rainfall since Friday has exceeded 450 millimeters — or 1.5 times the average for July.

Officials have issued mudslide warnings for areas in Nagano, Toyama and other prefectures.

The storm is expected to move east along the Pacific coast.

Officials are urging residents to be alert for mudslides, floods, swollen rivers, lightning, sudden gusts and high waves.

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