Typhoon Kompasu Hits Korea

      September 02, 2010 09:21

      Typhoon Kompasu made landfall on the Korean Peninsula early Thursday morning, hitting Gyeonggi Province at around 6:30, about six hours earlier than meteorologists had predicted a day earlier.

      The last typhoon to get this close was Janis back in 1995, which ripped through the southern portion of Gyeonggi Province.

      Waves hit a village in Seogwipo, Jeju on Wednesday as Typhoon Kompasu approaches Korea. /Yonhap

      The Korea Meteorological Administration on Wednesday warned there is a strong chance that the eye of the typhoon will be just some dozen kilometers from Seoul. The typhoon is expected to exit the Korean Peninsula off Gangwon Province in the afternoon, and the entire peninsula to emerge from its range early Friday.

      Kompasu weakened from Category 3, with winds between 178 km/h and 209 km/h, to a Category 2 storm with winds between 154 km/h and 177 km/h on Wednesday morning.

      Winds weakened further once it made landfall. On Wednesday the KMA predicted rainfall for Thursday ranging from 50 mm to 150 mm and strong winds. More than 300 mm of heavy rain were expected in northern Gyeonggi Province, northern Gangwon Province, Jeju Island and the southern coast of Korea as well as Mt. Jiri.

      A satellite photo taken by NASA shows Typhoon Kompasu approaching the Korean Peninsula on Wednesday. /AFP-Yonhap
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