Two typhoons are expected to hit the Korean Peninsula, threatening to bring more flooding and devastation to an area that has already been battered by one of the wettest monsoon seasons in recent history.
Typhoon Maysak, equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane is expected to make landfall on the southern part of the Korean Peninsula Wednesday night. With winds currently at 215 kilometers per hour, the storm is expected to weaken into a Category 2 hurricane with winds upto 175kmph when it makes landfall.
If Typhoon Maysak makes landfall on the Korean Peninsula, it would be the fourth named storm to do so this year. The typhoon takes its name from a Cambodian word for a type of tree.
The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) expects South Korea will be hit by heavy rains and strong winds on both Wednesday and Thursday.
Tropical Storm Haishen is expected to strengthen into a typhoon within the next 24 hours, before becoming the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane by the end of the week.
It’s expected to threaten Japan’s southwestern Kyushu region Sunday, and potentially affect the Korean Peninsula Monday. Japan’s meteorological agency is warning that the storm could be the third biggest to hit the country since records began almost 70 years ago.
Japan, North and South Korea are preparing as the two storms approach.
South Korean government officials have been dispatched to regions expected to be affected by Typhoon Maysak. While, North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Wednesday that “urgent measures are being taken for minimizing the damage”.
Earlier in the week, Typhoon Maysak disrupted more than 200 flights in Japan. The country is already preparing for Tropical Storm Haishen, which is expected to bring high waves and heavy rain to Kyushu over the weekend, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported.
Saiki city, in Kyushu’s Oita prefecture, has warned more than 30,000 households to prepare for evacuations.