Updated: 10/8/2018 2:22:21 AM
Typhoon Kong-rey, which hit the country Friday and Saturday, caused two deaths and left some 470 people homeless, according to the weather authorities. One person remained missing as of Sunday morning.
Some 470 Koreans from 281 households were displaced nationwide as they evacuated their homes. The typhoon also caused power outages in more than 61,000 homes, mostly in Busan and Daegu.
A total of 53 roads were damaged in Gangwon and North Gyeongsang provinces. In Busan and Ulsan, a total of 306 trees were toppled. In North Gyeognsang Province alone, some 1,300 houses were waterlogged.
Updated: 10/7/2018 2:50:29 AM
Two people died and one person is missing in South Korea as powerful typhoon Kong-rey hit the country yesterday, the government said.
The powerful typhoon dumped heavy rain across the country from Friday before moving away from the peninsula yesterday afternoon.
China's observatory renewed a blue alert for Kong-rey, this year's 25th typhoon, yesterday morning.
The eye of Kong-rey is expected to unleash gales in north-east China.
Updated: 10/3/2018 3:49:47 AM
After a two-day life as a super typhoon, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center has downgraded Kong-Rey to regular typhoon status. But it remains a significant Category 4 equivalent beast.
Kong-Rey remains forecast to head northeast, clipping the southeast coast of the Korean peninsula and making a direct hit on Chinhae Naval Base at 6 p.m. Saturday, still packing 63-mph sustained winds and 81-mph gusts as it rapidly tracks into the Sea of Japan.
Updated: 10/2/2018 3:11:34 AM
Kong-rey is currently the equivalent of a Category 5 super typhoon.
A northwest track in the coming days will take this dangerous tropical cyclone toward the Ryukyu Islands, which are still reeling from damaging winds in excess of 160 km/h from Trami last weekend.
Where structures have been left weakened and the ground saturated by Trami, a blow by Kong-rey less than a week later would further heighten the risk of damage and flooding. Residents who evacuated or lost power during Trami may face the same struggles again with Kong-rey.
After threatening the Ryukyu Islands, scenarios for Kong-rey’s expected track around the start of next weekend range from the typhoon targeting northern Taiwan and/or eastern China to curving northeastward to mainland Japan or the Korean Peninsula.
Strong winds could batter northern Taiwan, including Taipei as early as Friday; however, the worst impacts are expected to remain north of Taiwan even if Kong-rey takes a track farther south than expected.
Published Monday, October 1, 2018
Typhoon Kong-Rey is expected to hit the Philippines before following the path of Tremi to Japan.
Kong-Rey currently has maximum sustained wind speeds of 130 kilometres per hour, with some more powerful gusts.
It is moving in a north-westerly direction at around 15 kilometres per hour.
Small fishing boats have been ordered not to leave parts of northern Philippines including the islands of Batanes and Babuyan.
Whilst the storm will only skirt the Philippines powerful thunderstorms could breakout across the country, including around the capital Manila.
Kong-Rey is expected to leave the Philippines on Friday.
It will be the 17th tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines this year, with an average of 20 expected per year.
In the Philippines Kong-rey will take the local name of Queenie.
After passing the Philippines hurricane Kong-rey could potentially head towards Japan.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards said: “Typhoon Kong-rey will travel across the Philippine Sea over the coming days and gradually strengthen. After threatening the Ryukyu Islands, scenarios for Kong-rey’s expected track around the start of next weekend range from the typhoon targeting Taiwan and/or eastern China or curving northeastward to mainland Japan or the Korean Peninsula.”
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Affected Area: 200 km.
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