Tropical Storm Nepartak hits Japan at the start of the Olympics, potentially endangering events – NBC New York

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The Tokyo Olympics are just starting and in addition to the obstacles posed by COVID, there may also be a weather threat.

Tropical storm Nepartak formed in the Philippine Sea southeast of Japan and north of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, a forecast center in Hawaii operated by the U.S. Navy.

On Friday afternoon (in New York), the JTWC announced that the storm had winds of 40 miles per hour and could bring winds of up to 80 miles per hour to Japan on Monday or Tuesday next week as it hits land north of Tokyo . While it is not expected to spread into a typhoon (the equivalent of a hurricane for storms in the Atlantic), it cannot be ruled out just yet.

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Warning graphic for Tropical Storm Nepartak starting at 5:00 p.m. ET on July 23.

There are currently no storm monitors or warnings in Japan.

There is still a lot of uncertainty about the storm, including its course and intensity. The JTWC said the storm’s path will become much clearer after making an expected turn to the northwest in the coming days. Until then, the storm’s path is not certain, but the forecast intensity of the storm is likely to remain the same.

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Water sports, including surfing, rowing, and sailing, are most at risk. Depending on the intensity of the storm, indoor events can also be at risk, as a sufficiently strong storm with strong wind and rain can lead to power outages due to fallen trees and lines as well as flash floods.

Still, some apparently looked forward to the prediction. Australian surfer Owen Wright said in an Instagram post that he had just completed a warm-up session describing the waves as “small” but was apparently also looking forward to the possibility that “there is swell on the way!”

The weather already plays a role in the first competitions and warm-ups for the Olympic Games, especially the extreme heat in Japan. A Russian archer collapsed in hot weather while speaking to a teammate on Friday after completing the qualifying round.

The temperatures in Tokyo were over 86 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat in Tokyo’s summer months has already caused the organizers to move the marathons and race walking events to the cooler city of Sapporo.