Japan's Pacific coast could be in store for powerful winds and heavy downpours as Severe Tropical Storm Dolphin approaches.
The meteorological agency says the storm was over waters south of Japan at 9 p.m. on Tuesday. It was moving north-northeast at about 20 kilometers per hour.
It was packing maximum winds of over 108 kilometers per hour.
The agency forecasts the storm will close in on eastern and northern Japan and could make landfall in the Kanto and Tokai regions from Thursday to Friday.
Strong winds are expected from the Tokai to Tohoku regions. Coastal areas will likely see rough waves.
There could be heavy rain along the Pacific coast of both the eastern and western parts of the country as early as Tuesday evening and lasting through Friday.
Officials urge people to follow the latest information to stay on alert for strong wind and rain.