Video: Tropical Storm Neoguri spawns devastating flooding and landslides in Japan

Heavy rains brought by Typhoon Neoguri triggered a landslide in the mountains of central Japan on Wednesday, killing a 12-year-old boy and injuring three other people in his family. (Reuters)

Neoguri is thrashing Japan with heavy rainfall since it made landfall near the city of Akune on the island of Kyushu, just prior to 7 a.m. local time on Thursday. The once-super typhoon with 155 mph winds has weakened drastically to a tropical storm, but still had deadly impacts on the islands of Japan.

In the video above, heavy flooding gives way to a devastating landslide that takes out entire trees and generates an enormous mass of debris. The camera that was focusing on the area gets doused as the landslide plows through, but you can still see the torrent of mud and water flowing over the cliff. The sound in the video is intense and was no doubt deafening in-person. In the scenes of damage afterward, structures are leveled and some in-tact buildings are buried in mud. This landslide killed a 12-year-old boy while also injuring three other members of his family.


A NASA satellite captured this stunning image of Neoguri at night on July 9, 2014. (NASA Earth Observatory)

Tropical Storm Neoguri currently has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph, as it slides northeast along Japan’s coastline. Torrential rainfall has been the main impact of Neoguri since it made landfall.  According to The Weather Channel:

Rainfall has added up quickly in some locals as bands of torrential rainfall spiral northward into the country east of the advancing tropical storm. Rainfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour were reported in the heaviest bands. On Kyushu, the city of Ebino reported 13.20 inches (335.5 mm) of rain in the 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. Japanese time Thursday.

Neoguri is forecast to weaken over the next day or so as it continues to be ushered Northeast and away from Japan by upper-level winds. Strong wind gusts are still possible, along with embedded downpours. Flooding and landslides will continue to be a threat until Neoguri has departed from Japan’s coastline.

Angela Fritz is an atmospheric scientist and The Post's deputy weather editor.
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