It then steadily gained strength while taking aim on the central Philippines from Monday through Wednesday afternoon.
Despite eventually attaining Category 4 force, Songda veered to the north, then remained well off the coast of the Philippines’ central and northern islands.
It was expected to affect Japan’s southernmost islands within several days.
The designation Songda was submitted by weather officials in Vietnam, where it is the name of a branch of the Red River.
Typhoon Songda Track
Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS