Heavy rain in central and southern Japan is expected to continue through this morning, the Meteorological Agency said July 17, warning of flooding and landslides.

The seasonal rain front has been reactivated and is moving southward. On July 17, between 30 mm and 60 mm of rain per hour fell throughout northern Kyushu and the Chugoku and Hokuriku regions, according to the agency.

In Tottori Prefecture, heavy rain forced the cancellation of 19 train runs early July 17 while 33 partial runs were either delayed or canceled, inconveniencing some 17,000 passengers, according to West Japan Railway Co. Rain of up to 40 mm per hour is expected this morning in Kyushu. The total amount of rainfall by noon July 18 was expected to reach between 120 mm and 150 mm in Kyushu and the northern Tokai region.

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