SEOUL: Thousands of South Koreans have evacuated as Typhoon Hinnamnor made landfall in the country’s south early on Tuesday (Sep 6), with reports of power outages and flooding in some parts of the country.
Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to continue throughout the day.
The typhoon, one of the most powerful to bear down on South Korea in decades, hit the country’s southern island of Jeju overnight before making landfall near the port city of Busan, which was battered by huge waves and heavy rain, damaging beachfront roads and shops.
The typhoon was moving at a speed of 43 metres per second when it made landfall, authorities said.
A 25-year-old man went missing after falling into a rain-swollen stream in the eastern coastal city of Ulsan, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said.
As a precaution, authorities closed more than 600 schools nationwide, and local carriers grounded about 250 domestic flights – but service gradually resumed Tuesday as Hinnamnor headed towards Japan.
The typhoon is expected to head northeast and pass about 400km northwest of Sapporo, Japan, at about midnight on Tuesday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.