Tokyo Olympics: Tropical storm Mirinae heading for Tokyo on last day of games
As per media reports, Japan's weather agency has warned its citizens of strong winds, high waves and risk of landslides and floods from Saturday afternoon to Sunday.
After being delayed for a year, the Tokyo Olympics is finally happening. On the last day of the Olympics, a tropical storm Mirinae is forecast to hit Tokyo on Friday, but no changes in the schedule have been announced. As per media reports, Japan's weather agency has warned its citizens of strong winds, high waves and risk of landslides and floods from Saturday afternoon to Sunday.
On Sunday evening, we will witness the closing ceremony of the Olympics, with medal events and water polo and other events scheduled to take place indoors during the day.
Speaking to the media, Tokyo organising committee spokesman Masa said that they are paying attention to the pattern and path of the storm and urged people to avoid overreaction.
Last week, a separate storm hit Japan, forcing organisers to reschedule rowing and archery evening. The storm had bought advantage of strong waves, which made it easier to conduct surfing finals.
On Friday, the weather experts informed that Mirinae was around 100 kilometres north of Minamidaito island, near the southern archipelago of Okinawa. The storm is moving east and going up to 108 kilometres per hour. However, another storm is hovering in the Taiwan strait. Japan, as a country, witnesses' typhoon season from May to October and faces its peak in August and September.
In other news, in 2019, Typhoon Hagibis smashed into Japan as it hosted the Rugby World Cup, which killed more than 100 people.