Typhoon Maysak strengthened further on Tuesday, September 1, as it continues to track towards the Korean peninsula ahead of its forecast landfall on the southern coast on Wednesday, September 2. The Ministry of the Interior raised the alert level from "attention" to "caution" at 09:00 (local time) on Tuesday morning. The storm system is currently forecast to pass close to Jeju Island on Wednesday morning and make landfall on the south coast as the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane late on Wednesday. While the Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA) forecasts the storm will make landfall close to Busan (Yeongnam region), other meteorological sources have shifted the track further west towards South Joella province. Maysak will weaken as it passes over the interior of the peninsula on Thursday, September 3, towards North Korea, but will still carry strong winds.
Heavy rain and winds of nearly 200 kph (125 mph) are forecast in southern areas on Wednesday and the storm is expected to bring inclement weather to other parts of the peninsula on Thursday, with an associated risk of flooding and landslides. Disruptions to overland transport and aviation are likely as the storm passes.
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.
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by the storm system are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous. Never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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