[Aug. 28 update by Kim Hyo Jeong, Jeju Weekly intern]
Typhoon Bolaven, the strongest typhoon to hit the island in a decade, came closest to Jeju at 3 a.m., Aug. 27, at Seogwipo City. A total of 43,451 homes on Jeju (23,500 in Jeju City and 19,951 in Seogwipo City) experienced power outages. By noon, half have had power restored.
There was between 200~500 mm of rain on Jeju Island during the typhoon, with a maximum of 603.5mm recorded on Mt. Halla.
Due to the typhoon, two Chinese ships near Hwasoon Port, Jeju City, capsized leaving four dead and 12 missing.
The centre pressure of the typhoon was 960 hPa, with maximum 40 m/s wind speed. As of late afternoon on Aug. 28, all airplanes flying to or from Jeju International Airport between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. today have been grounded except for a sole airplane bound for Gimpo and three planes from the Korean city of Gunsan, as well as one from Hong Kong, and one from Beijing.
According to a weather report released by the Korea Meteorological Administration at 1 p.m., Bolaven is moving its way to North Korea which is expected to receive between 120 to 250 mm rain, while Jeju is expected to receive up to 30 mm rain by tomorrow.
▲ Jeju citizens are taping up their windows at home and at work in advance of typhoon Bolaven, which will reach the island by this evening. Photo by Todd Thacker
st powerful typhoons in decades.
The Jeju Regional Meteorological Administration (JRMA) announced that Bolaven will strike Jeju on the evening of Aug. 27, warning people to be careful of high winds and waves around the coastline and to watch for flash floods.
Bolaven will hit Jeju with full force in the early hours of Tuesday morning. It is moving north from Guam at a speed of 53 km/h.
The average anticipated precipitation will be from 150mm to 300mm and the maximum precipitation could reach 500mm. The JRMA said that the typhoon’s central pressure is 920 hPa, the diameter of the typhoon is about 550 km with winds reaching speeds of 53m/s.
The JRMA recommended that residents be on the watch for the collapse of embankments.
(Translated by Jeju Weekly intern Kim Hyojeong)
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