Fans evacuate Olympic Park amid powerful winds
Posted by Associated Press on 14th February 2018
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Officials are asking spectators to evacuate the Olympic Park in the coastal city of Gangneung and take shelter indoors because of strong winds.

An announcement in Korean and English advises fans to go inside for safety Wednesday afternoon. Workers are disassembling tents around the park.

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Volunteers are also using bullhorns to tell fans to go inside. Many were queued up to go inside the Samsung building near the hockey arena.

Reports indicate all activities inside the Olympic Park were temporarily shut down.

Winds are blowing steadily around 23 mph with stiffer gusts rattling and shaking the giant tent anchored with metal beams in Gangneung.

The Olympic women’s individual biathlon was postponed due to strong winds hitting the Alpensia Biathlon Center. The high winds make it difficult for competitors to shoot their rifles.

The event has been moved to Thursday, starting ahead of the men’s individual biathlon.

Wind has been a problem throughout the Pyeongchang Olympic Games. The women’s slalom was also canceled Wednesday and spectators were asked to evacuate the Olympic Park in the coastal city of Gangneung because it was so gusty. The men’s downhill and women’s giant slalom have also had to be postponed.