Typhoon Sanba is traveling north and will make its impact felt in Korea this weekend, the Korea Meteorological Administration forecast on Wednesday.
According to the KMA, Sanba, now a moderate tropical storm named after a city in Macau, was moving north at a speed of 15 km/h in waters about 1,110 km east of Manila as of 3 p.m. Wednesday. It has a central atmospheric pressure of 992 hPa, a maximum wind speed of 22 m/s, and a radius of 220 km. But it is expected to gain strength rapidly as it moves over waters with higher temperatures.
Once it approaches Jeju, Sanba is expected to become as ferocious as Bolaven, which dumped heavy rains and gale force winds on the peninsula in August.
It is expected to lash Jeju with strong winds and high waves on Sunday and tear its way across the southern West Sea and the South Sea later.
Many parts of the country will have rain between Sunday and Tuesday, the KMA added.