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Typhoon Hagibis leaves Korea mostly unscathed

Oct 14,2019
Korea suffered some damage Saturday from strong winds under the indirect influence of Typhoon Hagibis, the season’s 19th typhoon.

As the powerful typhoon approached Japan, strong winds with speeds of 20-30 meters per second (45-67 miles per hour) hit Busan, Korea’s largest port city, and other southeastern areas, according to the Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA).

Gale and high tide alerts were issued in the areas, with fishing boats banned from leaving ports and campers advised to evacuate to safe locations.

Train services were halted on the Busan section of the Donghae Line for about nine hours after metal boards were blown from a bridge and landed on the railway line, cutting off the power supply. A non-express Mugunghwa train carrying around 200 passengers was operating close to the area, but no casualties were reported.

It affected a total of 11 trains operating on the 142.5-kilometer (88.5-mile) line before the repair work finished at around 6 p.m.

In Ulsan, a 78-year-old person was injured after falling because of strong winds during a walk along the sidewalk near a drain facility, the Ulsan Fire Department said.

The KMA advised local travelers to remain on alert over strong winds and high tides in the affected areas.

Korea should also be vigilant over the risk of wind damage to various facilities, it added.

Korea is expected to be affected by strong winds on Sunday as well.

“Airports near the southern and eastern coasts, along with the one in Jeju, may face problems in their operations. Travelers are advised to check their flight schedules in advance,” the KMA said.

Yonhap