Tokyo Olympics threatened by tropical storm
A tropical storm could threaten the duration of the Tokyo Olympics, AccuWeather reported on Sunday.
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.
The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo have already been postponed by an entire year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and now Tropical Storm Nepartak in the Philippine Sea could put some events at risk of being delayed again: https://t.co/FTqy0I4pvi pic.twitter.com/dK7OflltGp
— Breaking Weather by AccuWeather (@breakingweather) July 25, 2021
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.
“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.
The Tokyo Olympics had their opening ceremony on Friday and end Aug. 8.