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(LEAD) Jeju braces for Typhoon Chanthu

All News 14:26 September 16, 2021

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SEOUL, Sept. 16 (Yonhap) -- Jeju is preparing for the impact of Typhoon Chanthu, which is heading toward the resort island from the south, packing maximum winds of 29 meters per second and likely to unleash up to 400 millimeters of torrential rain.

The Korea Meteorological Administration predicted the slow-moving typhoon to begin picking up speed Thursday afternoon and move the closest to the island around 8 a.m. Friday.

The Jeju government has gone into emergency mode, activating civil servants and the Marine Corps in anticipation of flooding and possible damage to buildings, as well as checking the island's preparedness for the typhoon.

A typhoon advisory has been issued for the entire island.

Pedestrians walk on a crosswalk in rainy Jeju, South Korea, on Sept. 16, 2021. (Yonhap)
Fishing ships are tied up at a port in Jeju, South Korea in anticipation of the arrival of Typhoon Chanthu on Sept. 16, 2021. (Yonhap)

The season's 14th typhoon is forecast to pass 160 kilometers southwest of the port city of Busan at around 3 p.m. Friday and pick up speed as it moves toward Japan along the Korea Strait, a sea passage between South Korea and Japan, the weather agency said.

The midsized typhoon has already brought heavy downpours to the island, with some parts receiving as much as 800 mm of rain by Thursday morning, overwhelming drainage and sewer systems, trapping cars on roads, uprooting trees and blowing away a roof.

Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to continue on Jeju and the southern regions, including the provinces of Jeolla and Gyeongsang, with the threat of flash floods, landslides and damage to structures.

Up to 400 mm of rain is expected to further fall on the island Thursday, accompanied by powerful wind gusts of 110-145 kph.

The image shows the expected route of Typhoon Chanthu as of 9 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2021.


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