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(2nd LD) Typhoon Haishen making landfall in Ulsan, disrupting flights, train services, plants

All News 11:31 September 07, 2020

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SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Yonhap) -- Typhoon Haishen made landfall in Ulsan, north of the major southern port city of Busan, as it was traveling northward passing waters near Busan on Monday morning, bringing the country under its influence with heavy rains and strong winds, the weather agency said.

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said the season's 10th typhoon arrived some 30 kilometers southwest of Ulsan at around 9 a.m., slightly changing its course westward. It was forecast to escape to waters northeast of Gangneung, Gangwon Province, at around 2 p.m.

With its central pressure at 996 hectopascals, the powerful typhoon is packing a maximum wind speed of 35 meters per second, but it is expected to slowly weaken as it moves up.

This image shows the expected path of Typhoon Haishen as of 9 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
This photo, provided by a reader, shows an inundated river in Ulsan, South Korea, on Sept. 7, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
Typhoon Haishen brings strong winds in the port city of Busan on Sept. 7, 2020. (Yonhap)
Typhoon Haishen approaches the Korean Peninsula in this image provided by the National Meteorological Satellite Center. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

In Ulsan, the typhoon knocked out power at the assembly lines of Hyundai Motors, South Korea's biggest carmaker by sales, at 8:30 a.m, which produces such models as the Genesis G90 and G80. Repair works were being conducted, but the company expected it would take some time before the factory goes fully operational again. Similar power outages were also reported at a factory of Hyundai Mobis Co., the country's biggest auto parts maker. Some 30,000 houses in the city lost power.

From midnight Sunday to 10 a.m. Monday, the city's Ulju county recorded rainfall of 184.5 millimeters. Maximum wind gust of 41.8 meters per second was reported in eastern Ulsan.

In Busan, the typhoon cut off power, toppled trees and snapped a traffic light in its path. Some 580 houses lost power in southern Busan.

A 57-year-old man in the city was rescued by firefighters early in the morning after an elevator stopped working due to a power outage. A water tank was blown off the top of a house in the western part of the city. No casualties were reported. Another man in his 60s was rescued from his house hit by a landslide. Rescuers took a driver out of his truck to safety, after his vehicle was knocked out by powerful winds on Gwangan Bridge that connects the city's Haeundae and Suyeong wards.

The typhoon unleashed torrential rains and triggered a landslide near a tunnel on the road connecting the city with Changwon. Also, 23 riverside and oceanfront roads have been closed as a safety measure against flooding.

Trains running between Busan and nearby cities have been halted, while subways were operating as usual, with slower speeds on some open air routes.

As of 9 a.m., 298 flights have been grounded nationwide, according to the Korea Airports Corporation. A typhoon alert has been issued for all of the country's airports. For Incheon, Jeju and Ulsan, a wind shear warning was in effect.

Two turbine generators at the Wolsong Nuclear Power Plant, in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, stopped operation, after the typhoon disrupted power supply. No radiation was leaked, according to the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Ltd.

A wall collapses over a parked car in Busan, South Korea, in this photo provided by the Busan Metropolitan Police Agency on Sept. 7, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
The photo provided by the Busan Metropolitan Police Agency shows a water tank that fell from the top of a house due to powerful winds in Busan, 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Sept. 7, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
The photo shows a snapped tree in Busan as Typhoon Haishen neared the port city on Sept. 7, 2020. (Yonhap)

The typhoon was forecast to travel along the Korean Peninsula up its eastern coast until it arrives at Chongjin, North Korea, at midnight. It is expected to dissipate there.

"It is highly likely that the typhoon will weaken as it passes by the country due to the southern sea's relatively cool temperature of less than 27 C, coupled with cool air in the upper atmosphere and strong wind," a KMA official said, forecasting it to be downgraded to an extratropical cyclone within 24 hours.

The typhoon is bringing pounding rains and strong winds, especially drenching the eastern regions.

A typhoon alert has been issued for the southern resort island of Jeju, Gyeongsang Province, and parts of Gangwon and the central provinces. A typhoon advisory was in effect for the rest of the country as of 8 a.m.

People walk amid powerful winds in Busan, South Korea, on Sept. 7, 2020. (Yonhap)
A sign says flights have been canceled due to Typhoon Haishen at Jeju International Airport on the southern resort island of Jeju on Sept. 7, 2020. (Yonhap)


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