August 03, 2017 11:50
This year's fifth typhoon, Noru, is expected to be the first this year to hit parts of Korea directly. Southern and eastern parts will likely be affected as Noru approaches waters off Jeju on Sunday afternoon and travels towards the East Sea.
As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, the typhoon was moving northwest in waters about 820 km east of Okinawa at a speed of 9 km/h, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.
Noru is a small typhoon with a 280 km radius of gale-force winds, but its wind speed reaches up to 45 m/s. It is expected to keep moving northwest and start affecting waters off Jeju on Saturday.
The typhoon will highly likely make landfall on the coast of South Gyeongsang Province on Monday night before moving towards the southern East Sea on early Tuesday morning, the KMA predicted.
Tidal waves are feared along the coast as a high tide is expected on Monday and Tuesday when the typhoon comes near Korea. "Noru is expected to maintain its intensity or get stronger because of the high seawater temperature near Jeju, a weatherman said.
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