Typhoon Chanthu Heads Toward Jeju

  • By Park Sang-hyun

    September 14, 2021 10:38

    Typhoon Chanthu is heading north toward Jeju Island from Shanghai to bring up to 70 mm of rain an hour to the southern resort island, the Korea Meteorological Administration said Monday.

    A storm alert has been issued in Jeju, which will see high winds of more than 20 m/s, fast enough to shake street signs, and up to 500 mm of rain until Wednesday.

    South Jeolla and coastal areas of South Gyeongsang Province will come under the indirect influence of Chanthu and see up to 120 mm of rainfall and southern parts of North Jeolla and North Gyeongsan provinces up to 40 mm.

    Visitors struggle against gusts on Jeju Island on Monday. /Newsis

    Chanthu, which means flower in Khmer, is the second tropical typhoon affecting the Korean Peninsula this year and formed in the Philippine Sea on Sept. 7 before heading north at a speed of 27 km/h and making landfall in Shanghai on Monday night.

    It is expected to head north slowly and indirectly affect the entire Korean Peninsula until it exits on Friday.

    A small typhoon, it nonetheless packs winds of 27 m/s. The government held a meeting on Monday to discuss storm protection. 

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