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24 Aug 2020 | 11:23 PM UTC

South Korea: Tropical Storm Bavi strengthens into typhoon August 24 /update 1

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Tropical Storm Bavi strengthens into typhoon on August 24; maintain heightened vigilance and monitor for weather updates

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/24/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/29/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Seoul). COUNTRY/REGION South Korea

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Event

Tropical storm Bavi strengthened into a typhoon on Monday, August 24, as it moved north towards the East China Sea. Bavi is currently located 281km (175mi) west of Amami (Japan) and is sustaining winds of up to 176kmh (109mph). Bavi is expected to strengthen further as it moves towards the Korean Peninsula and is forecast to be west of Jeju by the afternoon of Wednesday, August 26, and west of Seoul by Thursday, August 27, before making landfall in Hwanghae (North Korea) on the same day.

The Korean Meteorological Agency (KMA) has forecast that wind gusts of up to 216kph (134mph) are possible in Jeju and coastal regions of Jeolla province on late Wednesday. Rainfall is expected to reach up to 100mm (4in) across the Korean Peninsula and up to 200mm (8in) in southwestern areas of South Korea. Forecasters have warned that flooding, mudslides, wind damage, and power outages are possible in southwestern regions in particular. The KMA has also issued warnings for storm surges suggest and strong winds in low-lying coastal areas.

Context

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.

Advice

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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