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05 Sep 2020 | 12:39 AM UTC

Russia: Typhoon Maysak causes damage across coastal Far East September 3

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Typhoon Maysak causes widespread destruction with multiple deaths reported in Far East September 3; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/4/2020, 11:00 PM until 9/9/2020, 10:59 PM (Asia/Vladivostok). COUNTRY/REGION Vladivostok, Primorsky

Event

Typhoon Maysak made landfall in Russia's Far East on Thursday, September 2, causing widespread damage and resulting in the deaths of at least three people. The Primorsky Krai regional administration reported that some of the deaths were due to heavy equipment breaking loose at the port of Vladivostok and crashing into moored vessels. The storm unmoored a floating dry dock, causing it to slam into some of the vessels making up Russia's Pacific Fleet. Furthermore, two of nine crew members were killed when a floating crane beached onto Ussuri Bay. Multiple semi-trucks were also knocked on their sides due to high winds, blocking traffic until rescue crews could clear roadways. 

A significant disruption to transportation, business, and utilities is to be expected in the near term.

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 programs.

Advice

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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