Western Japan braces for Noru’s heavy rain

Two people have died and 15 others have been injured.

At 5 AM on Monday, Noru was near the Ashizuri Point in Kochi Prefecture in the Shikoku region.

It was packing winds of up to 30 meters per second. The storm is heading northeast at a speed of 15 kilometers an hour.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency warns that in some areas of Kyushu, Shikoku, and the Tokai region the rainfall through Monday could be as high as the average monthly rainfall for August.

Weather officials predict 600 millimeters will fall on Kochi, Tokushima, Nara prefectures in western Japan and Mie Prefecture in central Japan.

Several hundred millimeters will also fall in other prefectures in western Japan and Tokai.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Kyushu and Shikoku have been instructed or advised to evacuate.

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