Published On: Mon, Oct 7th, 2019

Typhoon Hagibis: Japan‘s Rugby World Cup in dangerous cyclone’s path – Latest warnings | World | News

Typhoon Hagibis, which is forecast to become the strongest storm on Earth on Tuesday, could hit Japan this weekend. The devastating path could have a disastrous effect on the Rugby World Cup currently taking place in the nation. World Rugby has said they are monitoring the situation in the hope the monster storm does not prove to be a danger to World Cup fixtures and training sessions.

A World Rugby spokesperson said: “We are currently monitoring the development of a typhoon off the south coast of Japan in partnership with our weather information experts.

“It is still too early to determine what, if any, impact there will be on match or training activities.”

The US National Weather Service also said it’s too soon to determine which parts of Japan may be impacted this weekend.

However, the agency said areas from the Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa, to the main islands of Japan “should monitor the forecast closely”.

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The NWS said: “Hagibis will track west-northwestward over very warm ocean water and low wind shear, allowing it to continue strengthening as it tracks over the Northern Mariana Islands on Monday.”

The weather agency also warned of hazards threatening land this week.

It added: “Wind, heavy rain, battering surf and coastal flooding will increase Monday in areas covered by the typhoon and tropical storm warnings.

“For now, the highest chance of typhoon-force winds (74-plus mph) are in the Northern Marianas, north of Guam.

“However, some bands of heavy rain that could trigger flash flooding, wind gusts and high surf are certainly possible in Guam as the center of Hagibis passes to its north.”

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