September 20, 2019 11:34
Tapah, this year's 17th typhoon, is expected to bring heavy rain to southern parts this weekend.
A tropical cyclone developed into the typhoon in waters south of Okinawa on Thursday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.
Tapah was moving north at a speed of 21 km/h as of Thursday evening. It is so far a small typhoon with a central pressure of 994 hPa and a maximum speed of 65 km/h (18 m/s) but could grow as it approaches Korea.
It is expected to pass about 330 km south of Jeju Island around 3 a.m. Sunday and reach waters near the easternmost islets of Dokdo around 3 a.m. Monday.
Skies will be cloudy throughout the weekend with rain across the country on Sunday and Monday. Some 30 to 50 mm of torrential downpours per hour are expected in Jeju, Mt. Jiri, and along the southern and eastern coasts.
With the approach of Tapah, the sixth typhoon to hit the country this year, 2019 will be recorded as a year with the third most typhoons in history since weather observations began.
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