August 24, 2020 12:57
Typhoon Bavi, this year's eighth, is expected to hit Seoul on Thursday after passing through Jeju Island.
The tropical storm will likely affect the entire Korean Peninsula after making landfall on Jeju Island on Wednesday. Gale-force winds could cause damage to some areas with their maximum speed of 40 to 50 m/s, the Korea Meteorological Administration forecast Sunday.
Some 10 to 40 mm of rain will fall on Jeju on Monday afternoon, spreading across the country from Wednesday to Friday, with some southern parts of the country seeing up to 300 mm of downpours.
Bavi is traveling north at a speed of 11 km/h after it developed in waters about 280 km east-northeast of Taipei at 9 a.m. on Aug. 22. The name Bavi comes from a mountain range in northern Vietnam.
It started as a small tropical storm with winds at a maximum speed of 24 m/s as of Sunday but will likely develop into a midsize typhoon on Wednesday, when it arrives in Korea.
"We're worried about strong gales rather than heavy rains from this typhoon, but we need to make thorough preparations as heavy rains could still fall in some parts again before recent flood damage has been repaired," said Kim Jong-seok at the KMA.
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