Three people were injured and dozens evacuated after Typhoon Mitag swept through Jeju Island Wednesday on its way to Korea’s southern region. According to the Ministry of Interior and Safety, three Jeju residents were injured and dozens of buildings damaged when the typhoon brought heavy rain and powerful winds to the island. As a result, more than 300 flights have been canceled and more than 300 schools closed or had their hours shortened.
Mitag, the season’s 18th typhoon and the seventh to affect the country this year, is expected to land on Mokpo, Gwangju and other cities in South Jeolla Province around midnight before affecting Busan, Daegu and other cities in Gyeongsang provinces, the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said. Mitag is moving north-northeast from waters 230 kilometers west-southwest of Seogwipo on Jeju Island at 30 kph, as of noon. Its central pressure was reported to be 985 hectopascals, with a maximum wind speed of 27 meters a second. The typhoon has lost strength due to inflows of dry air from the west, the agency said. The central provinces of North and South Chungcheong are expected to get 80 to 150 mm of rain, while the Seoul metropolitan area is likely to receive 30 to 80 mm, the KMA said.
Source: The Korea Times