By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
August 7,2017, 5:15:39PM,EDT
Noru will slowly cross central Japan into early Wednesday, unloading flooding rain and strong winds.
Despite weakening from its peak strength, residents and visitors across Japan should remain on alert for potential impacts ranging from travel disruptions to evacuations.
Heavy rainfall from the storm will also heighten the risk for landslides across the rugged terrain of central Honshu.
Seas around eastern Japan will remain dangerously rough through Tuesday before subsiding during the middle of the week.
Interaction with the rough terrain of Japan has caused NOru to weaken into a tropical depression with further weakening likely into Wednesday.
As Noru weakens, the threat for damaging winds will diminish, but the risk for flooding rain and mudslides will continue.
Downpours and gusty winds reached Tokyo on Monday evening, and additional rounds of rain will target the city into Tuesday.
The heaviest rainfall is expected to remain west of the city, targeting the higher terrain of central Japan into Wednesday and expanding into northeastern Honshu on Wednesday and Thursday.
These areas can get rainfall of 75-150 mm (3-6 inches) with local amounts over 300 mm (12 inches).
The potential exists for Noru to remain a weak tropical system after departing Japan, and it could spin for several days east of Japan; however, no additional impacts are expected.
A separate area of low pressure will track from China into Japan, bringing additional downpours from Wednesday through Friday, which could delay clean up efforts from Noru and cause some localized flooding.
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Two deaths and 12 injuries have already been attributed to Noru, according to The Japan Times.
The storm injured at least a dozen other people and has caused travel chaos throughout southern Japan since Friday.
More than 300 flights have already been canceled as a result of the cyclone’s impacts.
Naze, located on Amami Ōshima, was inundated with 680.5 mm (26.8 inches) of rain from Friday to Sunday, local time. The island was also battered by wind gusts of 92 km/h (57 mph).
Noru has been on a long journey across the West Pacific. Noru formed on July 20 then reached super typhoon status and became the strongest tropical cyclone on the planet so far this year on July 30