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Events rescheduled as Nepartak heads toward Tokyo Olympics

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games are officially underway in Tokyo, Japan, but a tropical storm heading straight for the island nation may make its presence known before the games conclude.

A tropical depression formed on Friday morning, local time, north-northeast of Guam and the Mariana Islands, and continued to strengthen, eventually becoming Tropical Storm Nepartak late Friday, local time.

This satellite image, captured around midday, local time, on Monday, shows Nepartak approaching Japan. (RAMMB/CIRA)

As of Monday evening, local time, Nepartak had 10-minute sustained winds of 46 mph (74 km/h) and was moving west-northwest. The storm was centered hundreds of miles east of Tokyo.

Early this week, the storm is forecast to make a turn to the northwest, eventually impacting central and northern Honshu, Japan’s main island.

“Enhanced rain, winds and rough surf will impact areas generally to the north of Tokyo Monday night into Tuesday night, local time,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Richards said. “This will have some impacts on the Olympics ongoing in Tokyo.”

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