August 22, 2018 09:55
Typhoon Soulik is expected to make landfall in Korea on Thursday. The first typhoon to reach the Korean Peninsula since Sanba in 2012, will bring heavy thunderstorms to the peninsula, the Korea Meteorological Administration warned Tuesday.
As of 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Soulik was classified as a mid-sized typhoon as it passed through waters south of Kagoshima, Japan toward Jeju Island at 23 km/h with maximum wind speeds of 43 m/s.
It will pass waters west of Jeju Island on Wednesday afternoon and hit the southwestern coast on Thursday evening before crossing Gyeonggi Province and heading into the East Sea on Friday morning.
Heavy rain is expected throughout the country on Wednesday and Thursday.
Yoo Hee-dong at the KMA said, "Regardless of the shifting trajectory of typhoon Soulik, the entire country will fall under the direct influence."
Soulik's trajectory is similar to typhoon Gonpas that caused major damage to the Seoul region in 2010, leaving 18 people dead or missing and 1,300 others homeless and causing W167 billion in property damage (US$1=W1,119).
The trajectory has veered further westward than what the KMA had forecast on Monday and it has slowed down as another typhoon, Cimaron, is reaching inland Japan, raising the chances of it staying longer on the peninsula.
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