By YURI KAGEYAMA
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese weather officials say Tropical Storm Meari is unleashing heavy rains on the main island of Honshu as it heads northward toward the capital, Tokyo. The Japan Meteorological Agency said Saturday that Meari made landfall in Shizuoka, southwest of Tokyo, bringing sudden heavy rains and blasting winds, and prompting warnings about mudslides and flooding. More than 72,000 people in the area’s main city of Shizuoka were told to evacuate due to possible landslides. The storm is expected to continue northward and hit Tokyo in the evening. Warnings on flooding, strong winds and heavy rainfall were issued for the Tokyo area.