Typhoon Maysak in the Philippine Sea is expected to track north towards the Korean peninsula in the coming days and is currently forecast to bring heavy rain to southern provinces from Tuesday, September 1, and to the rest of the country from Wednesday, September 2, to Thursday, September 3. According to the Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA), the storm system is expected to pass west of Japan's Okinawa Island on Sunday, August 30, and will reach waters 210 km (130 mi) south of Seogwipo on Jeju Island by 15:00 (local time) on Wednesday. By 14:00 on Thursday the typhoon is forecast to be 40 km (25 mi) off the southern port city of Busan. Maysak is currently a mid-strength typhoon but is forecast to strengthen on Monday, August 31, before weakening slightly on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Strong winds, heavy rainfall, and rough seas are expected in the coming days and associated disruptions to transport and businesses are possible.
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 programs.
Those 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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