Photo/IllutrationVisibility is limited on an expressway in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, on Aug. 7 due to heavy rains from Typhoon No. 5. (Hikaru Uchida)

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Slow-moving but powerful Typhoon No. 5 is likely to bring heavy rainfall not only to western Japan but also to eastern Japan, including the Kanto region centering on Tokyo, from Aug. 7 through Aug. 8.

Torrential rain is already falling intermittently in areas from the Shikoku region to the Tokai region in and around Nagoya.

In the Kanto region and the Hokuriku region, northwest of Kanto, rain is expected to start falling in the afternoon on Aug. 7.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the typhoon made landfall in northern Wakayama Prefecture in the Kinki region at around 3:33 p.m. on Aug. 7 after passing sea areas off Muroto of Kochi Prefecture in the Shikoku region.

The typhoon is expected to reach eastern Japan on Aug. 8.

As the typhoon is moving slowly, rain will continue falling in the same areas for many hours, increasing the amount of precipitation there, and heightening the danger of landslides and flooding.

The amount of rain during the 24-hour period until 6 a.m. on Aug. 8 is forecast to be 500 millimeters in the Kinki region and the Tokai region, 400 mm in the Shikoku region, 300 mm in the Hokuriku region and 250 mm in the Chugoku region, north of Shikoku, the Kanto region and the Koshin region, west of Kanto.

The typhoon is disrupting transportation services across the country.

Japan Airlines canceled a total of 183 flights connecting Haneda Airport in Tokyo with local airports in western Japan by 4 p.m., inconveniencing about 16,380 passengers. All Nippon Airways also suspended 144 flights as of 3 p.m., affecting about 14,400 people.

East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) also canceled limited express train services on the Chuo Line, which connects Tokyo and Chiba with Yamanashi and Nagano prefectures.

(This article was written by Takaoki Yamamoto and Ayako Nakada.)