Tropical storm unleashes rain, strong winds in south Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Tropical Storm Chan-hom brought powerful winds and rain to southern Japan yesterday, with the weather bureau warning of landslides and flooding in most of the country.

The storm, packing sustained winds of up to 107 kilometres per hour, was moving in waters south of Japan, near the main southwestern island of Shikoku.

It was downgraded from a typhoon earlier in the week. It is expected to hover eastward, affecting Honshu as well as smaller islands such as Izu.

The storm was not expected to seriously affect Tokyo or make direct landfall. Weather forecasts warned of a heavy downpour and fierce winds, which may cause rivers to swell and towering waves in coastal areas as well as mudslides.

People walk on a street in Tokyo, Japan. PHOTO: AP