Tropical Storm Bavi is projected to strengthen before making landfall near Goheung-gun county (South Jeolla province) on Thursday morning, August 27. The Korea Meteorological Administration have said the storm will pass through the southern island of Jeju before reaching Goheung-gun.
Heavy rainfall and resultant flooding are possible over the coming days, along with associated disruptions to business and transport.
Tropical storms can form in the Pacific Ocean at any time of year, although most typhoons occur during a peak season between June and November. In general, storm systems make landfall along South Korea's southern and southeastern coasts, making these areas, which are home to many industrial and port facilities, particularly at risk of experiencing the full brunt of storms or typhoons. The country has comprehensive and reliable weather tracking and emergency management systems, although powerful storm systems can overwhelm preparedness and recovery programmes.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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