|This photo shows Typhoon Nanmadol moving near Okinawa, Japan, as of Friday afternoon. The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) predicted southern areas of South Gyeongsang Province and Jeju Island to come under the influence of the typhoon starting from Sunday. Courtesy of Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA)|
By Lee Hyo-jin
Typhoon Nanmadol, the 14th tropical storm of this year, is expected to approach the Korean Peninsula this Sunday, bringing powerful winds and rainfall to the southern areas of South Gyeongsang Province and Jeju Island, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).
The state weather agency said the typhoon was traveling at a speed of 12 kilometers per hour over waters some 860 kilometers southeast of Okinawa, Japan, as of 9 a.m. Friday. It is expected to make landfall on the Japanese island of Kyushu next Monday.
The tropical cyclone has a central atmospheric pressure of 955 hectopascals and a maximum wind speed of 40 meters per second, qualifying as a "strong" typhoon, the second-highest level in the KMA's four-tier system.
As it approaches the peninsula, the typhoon will cause strong winds and high waves in the southeastern coastal region, coupled with up to 50 millimeters of rain per hour and winds up to 30 meters per second, the KMA said.
The strong typhoon comes about two weeks after southern parts of the nation were battered by Typhoon Hinnamnor on Sept.6, killing 10 people and leaving two missing.
Meanwhile, Korea has avoided two typhoons ― Muifa and Merbok ― the 12th and 13th tropical storms that were also moving toward the peninsula earlier this week. Muifa traveled northwestward along the eastern coast of China and made landfall near the Shandong Peninsula, while Merbok moved toward Japan's east coast.