South Korea braces for ‘super-strong’ typhoon Hinnamnor

Waves crash against the coast of Jeju Island in South Korea, today, as typhoon Hinnamnor travels toward the Korean peninsula. – EPA pic, September 4, 2022.

TYPHOON Hinnamnor is forecast to reach waters off Jeju Island this week as a “super-strong” typhoon, the strongest on a four-tier scale, Yonhap news agency reported today.

According to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), the typhoon, the 11th this year, is expected to arrive 460km south-southwest of the southern island of Jeju around 9am tomorrow, with an atmospheric pressure of 920 hPa at its centre and a maximum wind speed of 54m per second.

Typhoons are classified into four categories: medium to strong, very strong and super-strong.

Super-strong refers to typhoons with a maximum wind speed of at least 54m per second.

On the same note, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol held a meeting in the crisis management centre of the presidential office to check the government’s response system.

“Natural disasters cause even greater damage and pain to the socially weak,” he said at the meeting with his senior aides, also noting that Chuseok is just around the corner, according to his spokesperson Kang In-sun.

“We must put the people’s safety first and do our best to minimise damage from the typhoon,” he was quoted as adding.

Yoon instructed Prime Minister Han Duck-soo and other cabinet members, who joined the meeting virtually, to come up with pre-emptive measures against the typhoon, Kang said.

The four-day Chuseok fall harvest holiday season begins on Friday. – Bernama, September 4, 2022.

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