Typhoon Neoguri to Affect Jeju

Korea will come under the indirect influence of typhoon Neoguri this week, the first to have an impact this summer. Neoguri is the Korean word for raccoon.

The Korea Meteorological Administration forecast high waves around Jeju Island and South Sea on Monday and strong gusts starting late afternoon in waters south of the resort island.

Pedestrians walk in rain in Gwangju on Sunday as the monsoon hit the southern part of the country. Pedestrians walk in rain in Gwangju on Sunday as the monsoon hit the southern part of the country.

Neoguri, which originated near Guam on Friday morning, increased into a mid-sized typhoon over the weekend and is heading toward Okinawa. The typhoon will approach closer to the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday, causing overcast skies and rain on Jeju Island. The central part of the nation could see some afternoon showers.

Neoguri will reach 220 km south of Seogwipo, Jeju Island on Wednesday afternoon but is likely to swerve right toward Japan.

Lee Dong-hee at the KMA said, "The typhoon is expected to hit the Japanese mainland on Wednesday midnight and climb north along the island. There is only a slight chance that the typhoon will hit the Korean Peninsula."

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 07, 2014 10:32 KST