TYPHOON TAPAH TO BRING HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG GUSTS NATIONWIDE

태풍 '타파' 북상, 서귀포-부산 근접...23일까지 강한 비바람

Typhoon Tapah is picking up steam as it heads toward Korea's southeastern city of Busan. It has already caused some casualties and disrupted transPortation and infrastructure.
Our Kim Jae-hee has the details.
The 17th typhoon of the season, Typhoon Tapah, is expected to pass through Busan later tonight.
As of Sunday afternoon,... the storm was located some 110 kilometers off of Jeju Island,... moving a northeasterly direction away from the island towards Yeosu in Jeollanam-do Province,... and Busan..
Typhoon warnings are in place for Jeju Island and a few southeastern regions of the country,... including some eastern parts of Gangwon-do, parts of Gyeongsang-do and Jeolla-do provinces.
According to the latest forecast,... the typhoon is expected to pass over Busan later tonight at around 10 PM.
It will then reach waters off of Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo by around 6 AM Monday... before moving towards Japan.
After seeing the heaviest rain on Sunday, rainclouds will clear up from Monday afternoon.
Heavy rain of nearly 700 millimeters has already fallen in some parts of Jeju Island,... and even now, the downpours are continuing.
There have been some casualties.
A 72 year-old woman was found dead after a home collapsed in Busan late last night, due to strong winds, and several people have been reportedly injured as well.
More than one thousand homes were without power in Jeju Island from 11AM to 2 PM Sunday.
Related authorities are on high alert and prepared to take response measures.
"The interior and Safety ministry raised its typhoon alert status to its second highest level,... after the storm strengthened into a medium-sized typhoon on Saturday."
Also, the city of Busan is operating a 24 hour Disaster Safety Countermeasures Headquarters, staffed by 40 personnel.
The city of Ulsan also issued its highest typhoon alert,... while the entrance to Hallasan Mountain has been closed off.
The Port of Busan has been closed since Saturday, and vessels have been moved to safe docking areas.
the Geoga bridge connecting Busan and Geojedo Island has been closed off to all traffic as of 11 AM Sunday.
Many flights have been canceled at Jeju International Airport and elsewhere across the nation,... including Gimhae, Gimpo, and Incheon International Airport.
Kim Jae-hee, arirang News, Busan.



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