Typhoon Lingling to hit South Korea starting Friday

Typhoon Lingling to hit South Korea starting Friday

Lingling is fast approaching the Korean Peninsula. It’s expected to be one of the strongest typhoons
ever to hit the nation. The government is closely monitoring the storm’s
projected path… while advising the citizens to take precaution… as the force of nature
will bring winds strong enough to knock down trees. Lee Min-sun has our top story. The heavy rain that poured down Thursday over
most parts of South Korea has stopped in most areas. But Typhoon Lingling is quickly getting closer,
bringing more rain and strong winds. Lingling is a medium-sized typhoon with a
maximum wind speed of 145 to 180 kilometers per hour strong enough to knock down trees. As of this afternoon, it’s around 500 kilometers
south of Jeju Island. By Saturday morning, it’ll be west of Jeju
and then close to Seoul by the afternoon. Jeju and the waters around it are under a
typhoon advisory, and the rest of the country is under a preliminary typhoon warning. Through Saturday, some parts of Jeju will
get more than 400 millimeters of rain, while parts of Jeolla-do Province and the west of
Chungcheongnam-do Province will get over 150 millimeters. Typhoon Lingling is expected to be one of
the strongest typhoons South Korea’s ever seen, though other storms have caused severe
damage before. Typhoon Gonpas, in 2010, followed a similar
route to Lingling, killed 6 people and caused more than 130 million U.S. dollars in damage. But Lingling is even closer to the Peninsula
and has stronger winds. President Moon Jae-in convened an emergency
meeting to respond to the typhoon immediately after arriving back from his ASEAN tour. The South Korean government is operating the
Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters twenty-four-seven. “Typhoon Lingling will sweep past South Korea
on Saturday and then move over North Korea and China on Sunday. Lee Min-sun Arirang News.”


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