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Neoguri Poses Dangers to Japan Despite Weakening

Tropical Storm Neoguri has quickly weakened as it made landfall over Japan, but it still poses dangers to the nation with heavy rain and possible mudslides.

As of 9 a.m. local time, Thursday, Neoguri had sustained winds of 80 kph (50 mph) with gusts up to 97 kph (60 mph). By 9 p.m. local time, Thursday, Neoguri is expected to become an extratropical system.

The storm is blamed for at least two deaths and more than 40 injuries, NHK reported on its website.

Even though Neoguri has weakened, the storm is a potent rainmaker.

The storm, once a super typhoon, brought 202 mm (8 inches) in nine hours to Tarumi, a ward of Kobe City, and 103.5 mm (4 inches) rain in seven hours to Yakushima, Kagoshima Prefecture.

Hiwasa had 58.5 mm (2.3 inches) of rain fall in one hour.

Torrential downpours will bring life-threatening flooding and mudslides to significant portions of Japan, Meteorologist Eric Leister said. Dangerous conditions on the coast and in the sea will remain present as well as choppy water gets pushed onshore.

Winds were starting to pick up in Tokyo with gusts to 56 kph (35 mph). Stronger wind gusts up to 64 kph (40 mph) are possible later Thursday.