Tropical Storm Tapah May Hit Japan

Tropical storm Tapah may hit Japan

Another large tropical storm is approaching Japan and expected to gain strength. It may affect wide areas across the country over the three-day weekend.

The Meteorological Agency says tropical storm Tapah is moving west-northwest over waters south of Okinawa.

The storm is progressing slowly, and is expected to change course northward toward Okinawa on Saturday. It's then forecast to move toward Kyushu on Sunday, bringing strong winds and heavy rain.

The agency says Tapah may advance on northern Japan on Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, weather officials are warning that the latest storm could affect areas already damaged by Typhoon Faxai.

The Meteorological Agency is urging people in those areas to take precautions.

Naoji Nakamura of the Japan Meteorological Agency said, "There is a possibility that the tarps that are covering damaged roofs in the storm-affected area will be blown away by strong winds. We want people there to prepare for the wind as soon as possible."

Chiba Prefecture and the Izu Islands south of Tokyo were among the areas hardest-hit by Faxai. About 20 thousand households are still without electricity almost two weeks after the typhoon struck.