July 02, 2018 10:09
Typhoon Prapiroon, which is heading north toward the Korean Peninsula, will bring heavy rainfall across the nation starting with Jeju Island on Monday night, the Korea Meteorological Administration said Sunday.
Prapiroon was expected to become the first typhoon in six years to hit Korea, but it has now weakened and veered to the east, bringing heavy rains until Tuesday with gusts up to 30 m/s on Jeju Island and southern areas instead of making landfall.
Between 100 to 250 mm of rain is expected until Tuesday, with Seoul, Gyeonggi Province, and southern parts to see more than 300 mm.
Meanwhile, a heavy rain alert was issued across the capital on Sunday as the Cheonggye Stream swelled, prompting city officials to seal off pedestrian paths.
In South Jeolla Province, more than 300 mm of heavy downpours since Saturday flooded railroads, farms, residential areas and highways.
A score of flights were canceled due to heavy downpours on Sunday, and 18 national parks across the country have been closed to visitors to prevent loss of lives.
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