“These heavy rains are unprecedented. We can say this is an abnormal situation and there is imminent serious danger,” the chief forecaster at the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Takuya Deshimaru, said. Parts of central Tochigi have seen almost 60 cm of rain since Monday evening, breaking records. Entire homes and cars were carried away on the torrent. Some areas had power cuts and transport was disrupted, with many air and train services cancelled or delayed. Some roads were also closed. A special warning about the heavy rains was issued to residents of the Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures by the Japan Meteorological Agency on Sept.10.