TYPHOON Tapah is currently heading towards Japan – and could prove to be a problem for England’s Rugby Team.
We explain where the storm is and if it will affect the Rugby World Cup. Here’s what we know.
Where is Typhoon Tapah?
The typhoon is in the East China Sea and is predicted to reach parts of Japan by 6am local time on Monday, September 23 – which is Sunday, September 22 at 9pm BST.
It is currently predicted to go on a direct path through the Sea of Japan at the start of the week.
By Saturday, the storm had reached sustained winds of 75mph.
Will it affect the Rugby World Cup?
Typhoon Tapah is primed to hit the Hokkaido island – which is the northernmost island – in the coming days.
Organisers for the Rugby World Cup issued an extreme weather warning.
The statement said: “The typhoon could bring high winds and heavy rain.
“No match disruption is anticipated at this stage.
“But we have advised teams of potential disruption to training and team movements as a precautionary measure.”
Fanzones in Fukuoka and Kumamoto, both in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, have been temporarily closed as a precaution.
Organisers have stressed typhoons “are a normal occurrence in Japan and the vast majority have a minimal impact on daily life”.
England v Tonga are set to play on Sunday, September 22 at the Sapporo Dome indoors.
If any match has to be abandoned during the group stages for whatever reason, it will awarded as a 0-0 draw.
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