September 30, 2019 11:34
Mitag, this year's 18th typhoon, will make landfall on the coast of South Jeolla Province on Wednesday.
Mitag was moving north from waters southeast of Taiwan on 9 p.m. Sunday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.
"There is a still chance that the typhoon could change path depending on the location and intensity of high atmospheric pressure near Korea but will probably make a direct hit on Jeju Island and southern parts," a weatherman said.
Currently Mitag is a small-sized typhoon with a central pressure of 985 hPa and a maximum wind speed of 27m/s at its center. But it is expected to get stronger as it passes warm seas, the KMA predicted.
It will bring thunderstorms to Jeju on Monday afternoon, southern parts on Tuesday and the entire country on early Wednesday morning.
Gales of 40-50 m/s are expected in Jeju and along the southern and western coasts from Tuesday through Thursday.
Normally typhoons no longer reach the Korean Peninsula in late September and early October as sea temperatures drop, but this year sea temperatures have stayed unusually high.
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