Super Typhoon Hagibis threatens F1 Race and Rugby World Cup in Japan
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Changing from the earlier forecasts, Category 5-Super Typhoon Hagibis is now expected to impact central Japan, including Tokyo, this weekend. The possibility of a strong typhoon bearing down Honshu raises concern on the both the Rugby World Cup and F1 race being held in Japan this month.
According to the latest forecast track from Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) (JTWC Warning #15), Super Typhoon Hagibis is expected to move poleward in the coming days and will reach Japan this weekend. Even if it is expected to gradually weaken while moving towards Japan, it is still expected to be a strong typhoon upon reaching central Japan.
Due to its large size, some rains and gusty winds could already be felt as early as Friday in central Japan, but its peak winds and heavy rains will impact the area, possibly including Tokyo, on October 12 (Saturday) to October 13 (Sunday). Based on JTWC’s warning, the area could experience maximum sustained winds of more than 160 kph (80 kt) and gusts of more than 185 kph (100 kt). The damaging wind and heavy rains could severely affect the cities on its path, together with the games.
The organizers of the Rugby World Cup already warned that the storm could impact the final weekend of the tournament. This threatens the pivotal games in the cup that will be held in Yokohama that is expecting a possible direct hit from Hagibis. England and France will play on Saturday, while Japan and Scotland will play on Sunday. While robust plans were being prepared by the organizers, if a match is cancelled, there will be 0-0 draw.
Ralph Lauren Abainza