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Parts of Japan Submerged by Tropical Storm Etau September 11, 2015
CIMSS Satellite Loop
Tropical Storm Etau can be seen breaking up across Japan as long-lived Typhoon Kilo spun toward the Kuril Islands on Wednesday.
The passage of Tropical Storm Etau over Japan's highly populated Honshu Island set the stage for unprecedented flooding that tore houses from their foundation, uprooted trees and forced more than 100,000 people from their homes.

Some areas received their average September rainfall within just a 48-hour period after the storm swept through the heart of the country.

More than 20 inches of rain fell around the city of Joso, just northeast of Tokyo, and meteorologists predicted at least 8 inches more for other areas of eastern Japan, including the Fukushima nuclear disaster area.

Aerial footage showed a wide swath of Joso underwater, more than one story deep in some places.

Even people who lived on higher ground around the city of 60,000 suffered from flooding that many said they had never before witnessed .

“I thought I was safe because I live on a hill, but pretty soon the water came up and everything was washed away,” a barefoot man told Fuji TV after his helicopter rescue.

Elsewhere in the western Pacific, Typhoon Kilo dissipated over Far East Russia after a nearly three-week journey across the Pacific that began southeast of Hawaii.

Tropical Storm Etau Track
Typhoon Kilo Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS