World Tokyo Olympics threatened by tropical storm

01:50  26 july  2021
01:50  26 july  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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A TROPICAL storm is heading towards Japan and threatens to delay some events just as the Olympics kicks off. Tokyo 2020 has faced a troubled time, bein. According to AccuWeather, Storm Nepartak is heading towards mainland Japan with winds of 40 mph. A tropical depression first formed north of Guam, before strengthening into a storm by Friday. AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda said: "While it’s still too early to have high confidence in the exact track and intensity of this system, there are early indications that it could threaten Tokyo later Monday or Tuesday, local time."

The storm is forecast to hit the shores of mainland Japan next week, with torrential rain and strong winds.

A tropical storm could threaten the duration of the Tokyo Olympics, AccuWeather reported on Sunday.

a sign hanging off the side of a building: Tokyo Olympics threatened by tropical storm © Getty Images Tokyo Olympics threatened by tropical storm

Tropical Storm Nepartak formed Friday night over the western Pacific Ocean. It is expected to move north over the weekend before making landfall in Japan, according to AccuWeather.

AccuWeather meteorologist Jake Sojda said Nepartak has a good chance of hitting Tokyo on Monday or Tuesday, adding that the tropical storm could impact Olympic events.

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"The greatest impact to the games would obviously come from a direct hit on Tokyo, where the majority of venues and events are located," said Sojda. "However, even if the storm tracks farther north or south of Tokyo, there are some venues located farther away from the greater Tokyo metroplex that could still be impacted."

Sojda also said that outdoor events could be at great risk from the storm but added that indoor events at the games could suffer from power outages and downed trees and power lines.

This comes as Olympic organizers have already rescheduled rowing events because of inclement weather on Monday, ESPN reported on Saturday.

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