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Typhoon Kong-rey heads toward Jeju

Posted October. 04, 2018 07:31,   

Updated October. 04, 2018 07:31


Typhoon Kong-rey, the 25th tropical storm of the year, is expected to penetrate Jeju Island over the weekend as it is heading north. The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said Kong-rey is moving in a similar direction as Typhoon Chaba, which left 10 people killed or missing in South Korea in 2016.

The Kong-rey was formed near Guam on Saturday and is currently located 620 kilometers south-southeast of Okinawa, Japan, moving northwest at a speed of 169 kilometers per hour, according to the KMA. The typhoon’s atmospheric pressure is 940hPa at the center and wind radius is 400 kilometers. The Kong-rey is the name of a mountain, submitted by Cambodia.

As Kong-rey is headed toward the Korean Peninsula, it is likely to affect the country’s southern regions. Kong-rey is expected to affect Jeju Island over the weekend, likely to be 50 kilometers southwest of Seogwipo at 3 p.m. on Saturday and move northeast to Busan at 6 p.m. on the same day to pass through the East Sea on Sunday. “If Kong-rey moves more northward, there is a possibility that it could hit the southern regions,” said Yoon Ki-han at the KMA. “The exact course of the typhoon will become clear by Friday.”

Youn-Jong Kim zozo@donga.com