Updated: 8/24/2018 4:37:53 AM
This years' 19th typhoon Soulik, which was expected to hit the Seoul metropolitan region, instead turned northeastwards in the West Sea and hit Jeolla, Chungcheong and Gangwon provinces.
The typhoon made landfall on Mokpo, South Jeolla Province at 11 p.m. Thursday with winds at a maximum speed at 32 m/s.
It will hit Gangneung, Gangwon Province around 1 p.m. Friday after passing through Jeonju, North Jeolla Province and Yeongwol, Gangwon Province and then disappear into the East Sea, the Korea Meteorological Administration forecast.
Updated: 8/22/2018 3:55:33 AM
Typhoon Soulik began to unleash heavy showers and powerful gales on Japan on Wednesday, with forecasters warning the typhoon is expected to continue affecting southern areas until the early hours of Thursday before moving on towards the Korean Peninsula.
Published Monday, August 20, 2018
Japan and South Korea are bracing for two typhoons which are expected later this week.
The two storms, the 20th and 21st named storms of the West Pacific typhoon season, are still strengthening as they head north.
Typhoon Soulik is expected to hit the Korean Peninsula late on Wednesday after skirting around Japan' s southern mainland island of Kyushu.
When it makes landfall, it is forecast to have winds gusting up to 200 kilometres per hour. Torrential rain is likely to cause flooding and a storm surge threatens to trigger coastal flooding.
Soulik will then begin to disintegrate as it heads across North Korea which lacks the resources to cope with severe weather.
It is likely that North Korea will fare worse from this storm than the South.
Meanwhile, Cimaron has developed within the last 24 hours and is currently a tropical storm with winds gusting to 90km/h.
The storm is currently strengthening and by the time it makes landfall in central Honshu, it is expected to be a typhoon with winds gusting over 165km/h.
The current forecast track would bring severe weather to the southern parts of Honshu on Thursday.
There are also concerns that the storm could bring flash flooding to the mountainous central region as it moves north across the island.
Meanwhile, PAGASA is monitoring two tropical cyclones outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) – Typhoon Soulik and Tropical Storm Cimaron.
Soulik is 1,780 kilometers east northeast of extreme Northern Luzon, slowly moving west. It has maximum winds of 160 kilometers per hour (km/h) and gustiness of up to 195 km/h.
Cimaron is much farther, at 3,120 kilometers east of Luzon, moving northwest at 25 km/h. It has maximum winds of 75 km/h and gustiness of up to 90 km/h.
Typhoon Soulik Facts
Affected Area: 250 km.
Alert Level: Red
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