Tropical Depression Four has now been upgraded to a tropical storm. The tropical storm name is LEEPI.
The direction is now almost due north. The wind speed has been upgraded to 40 MPH and wind gusts are now at 50 MPH.
The storm is well developed and has all of the tributes to intensify. The next several days will prove to be fairly difficult for the Okinawa Islands which are in the direct path of the storm along with lots of rain slated for the Yaeyama and Miyako Islands, and later towards the weekend, the Japanese mainland will be inundated with rain.
The storm is expected to strengthen to sustained winds above 60 MPH as it reaches the East China Sea.