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Typhoon Kong-rey forecast to hit southern coast faster than expected

All Headlines 15:40 October 05, 2018

SEOUL, Oct. 5 (Yonhap) -- Typhoon Kong-rey is approaching the Korean Peninsula faster than forecast and is likely to make landfall on the southern coast around noon Saturday, meteorologists here said Friday.

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said that this year's 25th typhoon, which has slightly weakened from "very strong middle-class" to "medium-strength middle-class," is expected to pass over Jeju Island's port of Seongsan at around 6 a.m. on Saturday before moving into the East Sea in the afternoon via the areas near Busan.

A map released by the Korea Meteorological Administration on Oct. 5, 2018, shows the expected route of Typhoon Kong-rey. (Yonhap)

The possibility of the powerful typhoon directly battering the largest port city in South Korea cannot be ruled out, the KMA said.

Earlier this week, the KMA forecast that the typhoon would pass near Jeju between 8 and 9 a.m. and Busan between 3 and 6 p.m.

As of 9 a.m. Friday, Kong-rey was traveling north-northwest at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour (kph) about 270 kilometers northwest of Japan's Okinawa Island, the agency said.

Hundreds of fishing vessels are docked at the port of Seogwipo on Jeju Island on Oct. 5, 2018, as Typhoon Kong-rey approaches the South Korean resort island. (Yonhap)

It has an atmospheric pressure of 975 hectopascals at its center, and the maximum wind speed near the center is 32 meters per second, or 115 km per hour, with a strong wind radius of 420 km, the agency noted.

"As the typhoon moved faster than expected, it will be pushed by a northwestern pressure through to the east later than expected," an official at the KMA said.


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