The power of Neoguri. The one time super typhoon, weakened to a tropical storm has hit landfall leaving three dead in its wake according to Japanese media sources.
Packing winds gusting up to 126 kilometres and driving heavy rain it ploughed ashore causing rivers to burst their banks prompting a landslide in the town of Nagiso which sent mud and rock tumbling down the mountainside.
“I thought it was an earthquake at first. Then the house started filling with sand and mud. I was clinging to a wooden pillar with all my strength,” said one man.
Around 50 people have been injured while in southern Japan in Kagoshima and Miyazaki officials ordered over a 160 people to be evacuated.
There are fears the torrents of rainfall could trigger more landslides and floods. Much of eastern Japan was at risk of lightening and tornadoes.
The heavy rains prompted the cancellation of hundreds of flights and trains and closed schools
Forecasters say there will be no let up with predictions some areas could get as much a months rain in the next 24 hours.