Olympics face typhoon arrival due to heavy rain and wind

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have already been postponed for a year, but a recent typhoon in the eastern Pacific could threaten the event.

storm, Named Typhoon Nepartak, May land on July 27th. according to For prediction from the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The storm could bring winds of 78 mph on Tuesday, with up to 6 inches of rainfall expected in the Kanto Koshin region, including Tokyo. report..About Saffir-Simpson scaleCyclone storms with winds above 75 mph are considered hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin.

According to the World Rowing Executive Committee, the boat event scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed due to expected bad weather. The organization said storms can cause strong winds and strong gusts, which can create adverse conditions for racing on the water.

“It’s still too early to put a high degree of confidence in the exact trajectory and strength of this system, but there are early signs that it could threaten Tokyo later on Monday or Tuesday local time,” said AccuWeather meteorologist. Jax Ida said. On the website.. According to AccuWeather forecasters, the system is expected to remain comparable to tropical cyclones when it lands on the east coast of Japan.

A spokesman for the Tokyo Olympics said the situation was under control.

“Unlike earthquakes, we can predict and plan the course of typhoons. In fact, for boats, we decided to rescheduling the event as a precautionary measure,” said Tokyo 2020.Public Relations Takayamasa statement To ESPN. “I understand that changing schedules is not uncommon and puts a strain on athletes. We look closely at the course of the typhoon and make decisions as a precautionary measure. Land can cause damage. There is a possibility. In that case, we will take responsible measures. “

In addition, there are concerns that typhoons will release raw sewage into Tokyo Bay and affect other events.

A spokesman for Tokyo 2020 said, “We have installed a three-layer screen as a measure to ensure water quality.” Told reuters.. “By preventing the invasion of E. coli after rainfall and monitoring the water quality and weather on a daily basis, we aim to open the screen and stabilize the water temperature in fine weather when the water quality is stable.