Recently we reported on Seoul, Korea, undergoing heavy flooding.
On August 8, the southern district of Seoul’s Gangnam and its neighboring districts faced heavy flooding.
The flood led to 7 deaths, and six people missing, and incurred extensive damage to the city’s infrastructure, including subway stations, stores, and buildings. It was also reported that up to 3000 cars were submerged underwater during the flood.
Despite the city’s efforts, much of the district’s affected businesses have not yet fully recovered, and so all of Korea was put on alert when over the weekend, it was revealed that Super Typhoon Hinnamnor was heading straight for the country.
Super Typhoon Hinnamnor, the 11th typhoon this year, has been spotted 550 km just south-southwest of the Jeju district of Seogwipo. The typhoon had previously been thought to pass through Japan, but warmer than usual sea waters near the Korean peninsula have made it possible for the typhoon to traverse course.
The typhoon is expected to reach Jeju today and make landfall on the country’s port city of Busan by 9 am Tuesday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA). The typhoon is expected to be the strongest typhoon ever to reach the main peninsula.
The typhoon is expected to bring 100-300 millimeters of rain throughout the country between Monday and Tuesday, with the southern part of the peninsula expected to receive up to 600 millimeters.
The typhoon is also expected to carry with it record strong winds, with the KMA forecasting wind speeds of up to 40 to 60 meters per second. According to the University of Maine’s Beaufort Wind Scale, the winds would be strong enough for violent destruction, surpassing the wind speed needed to uproot trees and cause considerable damage to buildings.