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After storms lash west, Muifa set to skirt Seoul

Hundreds of planes were grounded and thousands of ships were tied down yesterday, as vacationers were warned to stay away from beaches after Typhoon Muifa made its way past the southern and western coasts of the Korean Peninsula.

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) issued warnings for cities and counties bordering the South Sea and Yellow Sea and typhoon advisories for the northwestern part of the country, including Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi.

By 6 a.m. today, the typhoon is expected to be 125 miles southwest of Baengnyeong Island, moving faster than earlier forecasts. As of 8 p.m. yesterday, the typhoon was moving 13.5 miles per hour northward.

Jeju saw 291.5 millimeters of rain as of 5 p.m., breaking the daily precipitation record for August since record-keeping began in 1923. The previous record of 281.7 millimeters was set on Aug. 4, 1927, the KMA said.

The Category 1 typhoon, with winds up to 36 meters per second as of 12 p.m. yesterday, spread 10 to 60 millimeters of rain per hour in the country’s southwest, meteorologists said.

Waves pounded some parts of Jeju, rising 4 to 6 meters above sea level, leading the KMA to issue sea storm and tsunami warnings for the Jeju area.

At least 240 flights to and from Jeju International Airport were canceled, causing major disruptions and discomfort for passengers, stranding 30,000 tourists on the island. And hundreds of more flights around the country were grounded due to the weather.

Passenger ship operations were also put on hold, with around 3,000 ships taking refuge from the typhoon at Jeju ports.

One barge carrying two sailors, docking at Hwasun port in Seogwipo at 5:50 a.m., drifted away because of the typhoon before landing nearby. The two sailors were unharmed.

Twenty-three passenger ships were tied down at Yeosu’s ports, in addition to 90 passenger ships at Mokpo and Wando ports and around 30,000 ships at South Jeolla’s main ports.

Beaches along the western coast including Manseongri Beach in Yeosu and Haedoji Beach in Goheung banned the public from swimming.

“The North Pacific high pressure was less developed than expected, and the typhoon was observed leaning toward the Korean Peninsula more than we originally thought,” said a KMA official.


By Moon Gwang-lip [joe@joongang.co.kr]

Strong waves from Typhoon Muifa washed ashore large rocks from the sea onto a coastal road in Seogwipo, Jeju Island, yesterday. [YONHAP]


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