Typoon Omais to hit Jeju Island Monday

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Typoon Omais to hit Jeju Island Monday

Fishing boats are docked at Seogwipo Port, Jeju Island on Sunday as fishermen provide for Typhoon Omais, which the Korea Meteorological Administration forecast will arrive near Jeju Island Monday afternoon. [YONHAP]

Fishing boats are docked at Seogwipo Port, Jeju Island on Sunday as fishermen provide for Typhoon Omais, which the Korea Meteorological Administration forecast will arrive near Jeju Island Monday afternoon. [YONHAP]

 
Typhoon Omais will hit the southern part of the Korean Peninsula on Monday.  
 
The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) forecast that Typhoon Omais will arrive near Jeju Island Monday afternoon, travel upward to Gwangju, pass through the southern region of the nation before traveling northeast of Ulleung Island by Tuesday midnight.  
 
Accordingly, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters declared a level one emergency in the southern provinces, the lowest of three levels.  
 
With central pressure of 990 hectopascal and a maximum wind radius of 180 kilometers (112 miles), the typhoon is relatively small.  
 
Nonetheless, the southern provinces can expect up to 400 millimeters (15.7 inches) of rain and waves as tall as five meters (16 feet).  
 
The rest of the country is estimated to get 50 to 70 millimeters of rain from Monday to Wednesday.  
 
The winds from the typhoon are expected to blow at a maximum speed of 100 kilometers per hour in the southern provinces, and 70 kilometers per hour on rest of the peninsula.  
 
"Citizens in the southern region must be careful of landslides, floods and strong winds," said Woo Jin-kyu, a weather forecast analyst at the KMA.
 
In order to prevent any accidents, the Ministry of Interior and Safety advised local governments to take precautions in places such as construction sites and temporary testing centers for Covid-19 that are set up outside.  
 
People are advised to stay away from the coastline and must also be aware of danger that arises from broken windows or falling parts of buildings.
 
The government is also warning people to avoid streams and rivers which can quickly overflow.   
 

BY LEE JIAN [lee.jian@joongang.co.kr]
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