England's World Cup pool decider with France is now in serious danger of falling victim to Typhoon Hagibis.
The approaching storm, with winds of up to 160mph, has been compared to a Category 5 hurricane by the US military’s forecasting agency and appears to be on a collision course with Tokyo this weekend.
Formula 1 qualifying on Saturday and the race the following day at the Suzuka circuit could also be affected.
Meteorologist Robert Speta told the Japan Times: “The storm went from a tropical storm to a violent typhoon in the matter of hours. In fact it was an historic amount of intensification in such a short time.
“This only happens when all the right ingredients are in place. Like if you had a fire and instead of throwing gasoline on it to make it bigger you also grabbed some lighter fluid, a bit of oil and a couple of aerosol cans for good measure.”
Japan’s Meteorological Agency has given the storm its highest classification of “violent”.
It is the first to hit the country since Faxai struck hours before England arrived last month, killing three and injuring 40. Tournament chiefs are expected to issue a statement updating the situation later today.
It is thought they are considering moving the match to Oita, 600 miles to the south.
Eddie Jones’ squad refuse to be distracted by the potential for disruption, preparing as if Le Crunch will go ahead as scheduled in Yokohama this Saturday at 9.15am UK.
Defence coach John Mitchell said: “One thing we really pride ourselves on in all our preparation is to be adaptable and flexible for anything that may throw us off.
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