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Storm Nepartak makes way toward Japan mainland, impacting 2020 Tokyo Olympics Updated: 2021-07-27 09:42:26 KST

As if Covid-19 hasn't thrown enough of a curveball for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics a major storm is heading toward Japan.
Tropical storm Nepartak will sweep through the northern part of Japan's main island, early on Wednesday with a maximum wind speed at 18 meters per second, or around 65 kilometers per hour.
Although the storm will not hit Tokyo directly, meteorologists expect that it will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the area from Tuesday afternoon.

The first downpours already arrived on Monday on the east coast of Japan.
In response,.. Olympic officials have rescheduled Tuesday's archery, rowing and sailing events.
But officials are relaxed about the rain, with Tokyo Games spokesman Masa Takaya confidently stating that there will no further changes due to the weather.

" I mean on the U.S. scale, this size of the typhoon is not considered a typhoon, it is called a tropical storm on the U.S. scale and it is a three grade out of five. So you shouldn't be too much worried about that, but of course, it is still a typhoon in Japan, under our interpretation. "

After the storm departs, stifling heat and humidity will return, with temperatures jumping back up to 32 degrees Celsius after cooling off slightly during the storm.
Meanwhile, Covid-19 still looms large in Japan.
Tokyo reported 1, 429 cases Monday.
Sixteen of those cases were linked to the Olympics, bringing the total number of cases linked to the games to 153.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News
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