SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Yonhap) — South Korea is bracing for the powerful Typhoon Khanun, the first typhoon to make landfall in the country since Hinnamnor in September last year, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).
Khanun is currently moving northwest from the ocean 140 kilometers southwest of Japan’s Kagoshima at a speed of 14 kilometers per hour.
The typhoon is expected to reach waters 120 km south of the southern coastal city of Tongyeong at 3 a.m. Thursday and make landfall in the country that morning.
When it reaches South Korea, the typhoon will remain “strong” in intensity, although its power may diminish slightly to “medium” by the time it is expected to pass near the central city of Cheongju at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Khanun will then move further north to pass vertically through South Korea and reach 90 km south-southwest of North Korea’s northern city of Kanggye at 3 p.m. Friday.
If Khanun continues as forecast, it would be the first typhoon to make landfall on South Korea since Typhoon Hinnamnor last year, which resulted in the deaths of a dozen people and the evacuation of thousands more. It would also be the first ever typhoon to enter the country from its southern end and go all the way to its northern end since 1977, when relevant KMA information became available.
Starting Wednesday, Khanun is expected to affect the entire nation until Friday morning, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. Gangwon Province, in particular, may experience rain as strong as 100 millimeters per hour
Gangwon is forecast to receive accumulated precipitation of up to 600 mm while the greater Seoul area is expected to see up to 200 mm of rain. The rest of the country will also experience between 30 mm and 300 mm of rain.
Southern coastal regions will also see wind as strong as 145 kph, the agency said.