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Posted : 2012-08-29 16:28
Updated : 2012-08-29 16:28

Typhoon Tembin forecast to hit Korea

Korea, which is reeling from the damage caused by the powerful Typhoon Bolaven earlier this week, is again set to be hit by another typhoon that will bring heavy rains and strong winds to the country starting Thursday, the state weather agency said.

Typhoon Tembin, named after a Japanese word for the zodiac sign Libra, was moving northward after hitting Taiwan and will approach regions about 40 kilometers southeast of Seoul by Friday morning before moving on to waters off Gangneung, 237 kilometers east of the capital, later that night, the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said.

As of 9 a.m., Tembin was traveling with a central pressure of 980 hectopascals and a maximum wind speed of 31 meters per second, the KMA said. Although the typhoon is expected to weaken on Thursday night, western regions and the southern island of Jeju will be faced with strong winds of up to 30 meters per second.

The storm will also drench the country with downpours, with more than 150 millimeters per hour of rain to fall in some areas, including the south and west coasts as well as parts of Jeju Island, according to the KMA.

The upcoming storm comes after Bolaven swept across Korea on Tuesday and devastated the nation with casualties and massive property damage.

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, it was confirmed that 10 South Koreans were dead, with two others injured, and a total of 222 people were forced to evacuate as their homes were inundated by torrential downpours, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

Six Chinese fishermen were killed and nine others remain missing, after two Chinese fishing boats with 33 crew members aboard were crippled in waters off Jeju Island.

Power supply was cut to some 1.93 million households nationwide, and while power was restored to most of them, 28,000 households were still without electricity, according to NEMA.

Some 8,000 automobiles were either crushed or flooded as a result of Typhoon Bolaven, and insurance companies estimate the powerful storm incurred some 40 billion won ($35.29 million) in car damage. (Yonhap)

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