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Posted : 2007-09-16 17:30
Updated : 2007-09-16 17:30

Typhoon Damages Korean Peninsula

By Park Si-soo
Staff Reporter

Typhoon Nari is expected to hit the southeastern region of Milyang and Andong Monday morning before losing power off the East Sea.

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said Nari pounded the southwestern city of Yeosu, Jeju Island Sunday, grounding more than 130 airplanes and evacuating 3,000 ferries in Jeju.

A total of 13 houses and buildings were inundated and three streets were closed down on the island.

Jeju island had a rainfall of 210mm so far and another 400mm is expected in the region by Monday, the KMA said.

It predicted Nari is likely to hit South Gyeongsang Province and the east coast Monday morning.

Weathermen forecast up to 300mm more rainfall in the southwestern part of the nation until Monday morning, warning against flood damage in low-lying areas and the coast.

Nari's maximum speed is 150 km per hour, however, its influence is not that big, KMA said. It issued a typhoon warning for southern regions and seas off South and East coasts Sunday afternoon.

The two dams ㅡ Daecheong and Seomjin River ㅡ began discharging waters from Saturday night in preparation for emergency situations.

The typhoon is fast heading north toward the south coast of the peninsula at 28 kilometers per hour with strong winds of up to 50 meters per second and pounding rains as of 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Nari still remains a strong typhoon with 960 hectopascals of atmospheric pressure at its center with a radius of about 200 kilometers.

pss@koreatimes.co.kr

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