Tropical Storm Meari Thrashes Japan with Heavy Rain

A man walks on the street in the heavy rain caused by Tropical Storm Meari in Hamamatsu, central Japan August 13, 2022, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo via REUTERS

Tropical Storm Meari lashed Japan’s main island of Honshu with heavy rain on Saturday with further downpours forecast as it approaches the capital Tokyo.

Meari is forecast to dump as much as 300 millimetres of rain on parts of central Honshu, Japan’s weather bureau said, threatening to disrupt the country’s “bon” holiday period when many Japanese takes trips to visit family.

Bullet train services have been delayed and airlines including Japan Airlines (9201.T) and ANA Holdings (9202.T) cancelled flights, national broadcaster NHK reported.

SOURCE: Reuters – Reporting by Sam Nussey; Editing by Michael Perry