Despite all the odds and a one-year delay, the Olympic Games are currently being held in Tokyo, in a square against a global pandemic i hot heat. It is probably safe to say that these Olympics are damned, especially considering that after all that, the organizers now have to take care of the tropical storm.
Japan Meteorological Agency on Sunday predicted that tropical storm Nepartak could land on Tuesday in the Kant area located on the main island of Honshu in the country, which includes Tokyo, according to Japan Times. However, there was also a chance that Nepartak would instead head north to the Tohoku region, also on Honshu. The outlet reported that a warning had been issued for heavy rain, strong winds and high waves.
If Nepartak falls to the ground on Tuesday,, could cause shocks up to 78 mph (126 km / h) and delay up to 15 inches of rain in the Kanto-Koshin region. On Sunday, the storm was 1,118 miles (1,800 kilometers) from Tokyo with strikes up to 67 mph (108 km / h).
While that may sound bad, it could have been worse. Experts to have they said does not expect Nepartak to turn into a typhoon, which is equivalent to a hurricane. (The only difference between them is location where the storm occurs). As the Times noted, typhoons are common in Japan, although Tokyo tends to see storms in late summer and early fall.
However, Nepartak raised the alarm among Olympic officials who moved to the country reprogram planned rowing competitions. Rowing, however, is not the only sport at risk. Almost everyone who stays out is there.
Takaya Masa, spokeswoman for the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, told ESPN on Saturday that the body closely watched the path of the storm and decision making as a preventive measure. She added that the board will act responsibly if a storm crashes in Tokyo and causes it pity.
“Unlike an earthquake, we can predict the path of a typhoon so we can make plans,” Massa said, referring to an earlier prediction that warned that a storm could be a typhoon. “Schedule change is not a rare event, and we understand the burden it will have on athletes.”
As mentioned above, it is not certain that Nepartak will hit the Tokyo area. We may have a clearer forecast on Monday, but we should be prepared. The Olympic Games in Tokyo have been a magnet for bad luck so far, and unfortunately, a tropical storm would not surprise. We want the best and hope everyone stays safe in Japan.