'Strongest Storm On The Planet' Could Cause World Cup Chaos
Super Typhoon Hagibis is headed straight for Japan, packing wind gusts of 305 km/h, torrential rain and large waves with the potential to cause life-threatening floods and mudslides.
Hagibis is strengthening at a near-record pace, building from a tropical storm to a super typhoon in just 24 hours.
Only Atlantic Hurricanes Patricia and Wilma are known to have strengthened at a quicker pace, according to Al Jazeera, they wreaked havoc in 2015 and 2005 respectively.
Lingering less than 400 kilometres northwest of Guam, the dangerous storm has sustained winds of more than 250km/h and is packing gusts of more than 305 km/h.
There are fears the winds could strengthen further in the coming 24 hours.
The Weather Network has warned it is "currently the strongest storm on the planet -- and on its way to possibly becoming the strongest of the year".
The main islands of Kyushu, Shikoku and Honshu -- which includes Tokyo -- are in the firing line, according to the official JTWC forecast, with the storm expected to hit by Saturday.
While it's still not known where the worst impact will be, World Rugby is keeping an eye on the Hagibis ahead of crucial pool games.
Should strong winds and up to 300 mm of rain hit Yokohoma, England's match against France on Saturday and Japan's clash with Scotland, could be cancelled.
Under tournament rules, scores would be recorded as a 0-0 draw, with no bonus points available.
“Public and team safety is our No one priority,” said World Rugby in a statement on Tuesday. “While we have robust contingency plans in place for pool matches, such plans, if required, will only be actioned if the safety of teams, fans and workforce can be guaranteed.
“It would be inappropriate to comment on any contingency plans at this stage. We will continue to closely monitor this developing situation".
Australia's Friday game against Georgia should not be affected.