Japan swept by record storms

2015-12-12 14:45
Shoppers carry umbrellas in the Shibuya district of downtown Tokyo. (File, iStock).

Shoppers carry umbrellas in the Shibuya district of downtown Tokyo. (File, iStock).

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Honshu - The main islands of Japan have just been swept by a wave of rain of record-breaking proportions. Strong winds accompanying the downpour caused damage in many places on land and at sea.

The rain came from the south and lasted about 18 hours. More than 281mm of rain was measured at Owase, most of that falling overnight. Sumoto, on Osaka Bay, racked up 243mm which makes it a December record.

Shizuoka prefecture reported a downpour measuring 315mm which makes it the wettest place in Japan for this event. The storm swept through Kyushu, Shikoku and Honshu and, as far north as Ofunatu in Iwate prefecture, more than 54mm was measured.

Wind damage was obvious in Kobe where the Luminaire display, a comemmoration to 1995 earthquake victims, was demolished. The peninsula at Muroto on Shikoku recorded a gust of 106km/h.

The wind drove a container ship onto the rocks of Wakayama.

Within 24 hours it was over and it seemed like summer had returned. Owase basked in 26°C on Friday afternoon although the westerly breeze was still considerable.

Tokyo, the recipient of a mere 56mm, warmed to 24°C on Friday and December hasn't been this warm for five years.

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