Tropical storm unleashes rain, strong winds during south Japan

TOKYO — Tropical Storm Chan-home attracted strong winds and rain to southern Japan on Saturday, together with all the weather bureau warning of landslides and flooding in the majority of the nation.

The storm, packing sustained winds up to 107 km (67 miles) per hour was moving in oceans south of Japan, near the key southwestern island of Shikoku.

It was downgraded from a typhoon before in the week. It had been expected to blot eastward, impacting Honshu and smaller islands like Izu by early Sunday.

The storm wasn’t expected to severely influence Tokyo or make direct landfall.

Weather forecasts warned of a heavy downpour and ferocious winds, which might cause rivers to swell and towering waves in coastal regions in addition to mudslides.