Tokyo, Aug 16.- Tropical Depression 09W formed on August 13 in the northwest Pacific Ocean and strengthened into a tropical storm named Chanthu by the end of today.
Chanthu is now approaching Japan with heavy rain and strong winds and is expected to skirt the northeastern coast of the big island, then make landfall on August 17 in Chiba south-central Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island packing strong winds of more than 108 kilometer per hour.
The Japanese government assured that all precautionary measures have been taken in the areas that will be hit by the storm and suffer floodings and landslides.
Up to now there are rains near the capital but with no reports of human or material damages. (Prensa Latina)