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Typhoon threatens to hit Tokyo just days into the Olympics

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A typhoon could wreak havoc on the Tokyo Olympics next week — only the latest worry facing the troubled competition.

The potential storm may head dangerously close to Japan’s capital city Monday, just days into the Summer Games, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Forecasters warned that there’s a “medium chance” for “potential tropical development.”

The storm is currently forming in the Philippine Sea and expected to travel west over the weekend, forecasters said.

The storm warning is just the latest hurdle for Olympic organizers, who have been trying to keep athletes safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still, surfers who arrived in Tokyo for the Games couldn’t be happier about the potential weather surge.

A weather map shows a storm brewing in the Philippine Sea
Forecasters warned that there’s a “medium chance” for “potential tropical development.”
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Storm clouds over the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo
The storm could hit Japan’s capital city as soon as Monday.
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“It’s small but there is swell on the way! Let’s go,” wrote Australian surfer Owen Wright on Instagram.

Surfers had previously been concerned that the weak waves off Tokyo’s Tsurigasaki Beach, where their competition is being held, would make it difficult for them to show off their skills.

“There’s going to be good waves, there’s a strong typhoon here off the coast of Japan, and we know that the waves are getting bigger,” said International Surfing Association president Fernando Aguerre.

With Post wires

 



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