The Japan Meteorological Agency has said that the fourth tropical storm of the season, also dubbed Typhoon Leepi, is well on its way towards the main islands of Japan after moving past the Philippines. As of Thursday morning, the small southwestern island of Okinawa was receiving winds between 56 and 74 kilometers per hour (35 to 46 mph) as the storm continued to move towards the northeast at a speed of roughly 24 km/h (15 mph).
While the winds are predicted to weaken somewhat as Leepi reaches the main island of Honshu, the Japanese weather agency warns that heavy rain is to be expected across the country’s western, central, and eastern regions towards the end of the week and into the weekend. The JMA advised those in the western region, especially in Kyushu, to be prepared for thunder, as well as possible flooding from as much as 60 millimeters (2.4 inches) per hour of rainfall. Many in Japan’s eastern capital of Tokyo commented on noticing stronger than average winds on Wednesday afternoon.
Just last week saw the year’s third tropical storm, or Typhoon Yagi, come to Japan with fairly mild rainfall. The storm traveled along the Pacific coast, prompting the JMA to warn of high wind speeds and large waves, however there were no reports of any flooding or damage from the rain.