Typhoon grazes Jeju and South but skips Seoul

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Typhoon grazes Jeju and South but skips Seoul

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Typhoon Danas blows rocks onto a road in Seogwipo, Jeju Island, yesterday as the rare October typhoon brings wind and rain to southern and eastern coastal areas. [NEWSIS]

Kids at 100 schools on Jeju Island got to go home early yesterday because of Typhoon Danas, the first October typhoon in Korea for 15 years.

But Seoul and central areas of the country barely felt Danas except for light rain, the Korea Meteorological Administration said.

“While Busan and South Gyeongsang regions are forecast to have precipitation of up to 100 millimeters [3.9 inches], Seoul, Gyeonggi and Gangwon are expected to have nominal effects with no more than 30 millimeters of rain,” the agency said.

Danas approached south of Jeju Island early yesterday morning, bringing rainfall, high waves and gales. It moved at a speed of 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) per hour across the island toward South Gyeongsang.

As it approached the island, the state-run weather agency issued a warning for residents. Over 100 schools shortened class hours, and some parts of the island were hit with over 100 millimeters of rain yesterday.

The weather agency said Jeju is expected to accumulate over 200 millimeters of rainfall from 11 a.m. yesterday until 12 p.m. tonight, while Busan, Ulsan and South Gyeongsang are forecast to have up to 100 millimeters over the same time period.

The typhoon is projected to leave the country by passing 280 kilometers east of the Dokdo islets in the East Sea at 12 p.m. today.

Authorities in Busan suspended traffic at Busan Harbor and anchored hundreds of ships as a precautionary measure yesterday. No casualties due to the typhoon were reported as of 4 p.m. yesterday.

But a trilateral naval drill involving South Korea, the United States and Japan that was set to begin yesterday and last through Thursday was delayed.

The three-day drill was to take place off the peninsula’s southern coast, involving Washington’s nuclear-powered USS George Washington supercarrier and Aegis destroyers belonging to Seoul and Tokyo. It remained unclear as of 4 p.m. yesterday when the delayed exercise would begin.

BY KANG JIN-KYU [jkkang2@joongang.co.kr]

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