Typhoon Maysak MAPPED: Horror typhoon CHURNING towards South Korea with 140mph winds
Typhoon Maysak has formed to the east of the Philippines and is heading towards the southern islands of Japan, before being expected to decimate South Korea on Wednesday, September 2. The last report by the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) this morning shows the storm’s maximum sustained winds was nearly 140mph, which is equivalent to a Category 4 storm on the hurricane wind scale.
As of 3pm local time, Typhoon Maysak is located about 180 miles north of Kume Island, Okinawa.
Japanese news outlets report: “Over 30,000 households in Okinawa had no power as of 11am local time on Tuesday morning, and more than 250 flights have been cancelled.”
The powerful weather system is expected to pass west of the main island of Japan overnight and hit South Korea around 3am on Wednesday.
At this stage, it is still likely to be a powerful storm by the time it makes landfall, with winds of 115mph predicted.
This would make it equivalent to a Category 3 major hurricane as it hits ground.
Maysak is likely to produce far more widespread damage to the country later this week, and could be one of South Korea’s worst storms to date.
Forecast models show that by Wednesday, Busan, the nation’s second largest city and fifth largest port, is expected to end up in a dangerous position on the typhoon’s right-hand side,
At this point, destructive winds and storm surge become a real threat to the city.
Maysak will then head leftward, taking an unusual course near the Korean Peninsula’s east coast, that could bring torrential rains and high winds across both South and North Korea.
Maysak’s fast moving nature will help limit the overall amount of rainfall, but the Korean Peninsula is prime terrain for flooding at the moment.
Only a week ago, Typhoon Bavi, although weaker in nature than Maysak, dumped torrential downpours as it passed west of the peninsula before landing in North Korea,
In addition, South Korea has endured one of its wettest and longest monsoon seasons on record this year, stretching to an unprecedented 54 days, according to the Korean Meteorological Administration.
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Korean media has noted the country has averaged 36.2inches of rain from June 1 to August 15, compared to the long-term average of around 22.4 inches.
Maysak will go down in history as one of the most intense typhoons seen in South Korea,
Typhoons reaching the south coast are notorious for being among the most dangerous for the country because they are less likely to encounter cooler waters found in the North.
The threat of dangerous storm surge and landslides in the elevated terrain of the Korean Peninsula is also a looming concern.
Long range forecast computer models suggest another potentially powerful typhoon could impact the region late this weekend or early next week, reports CNN.
Typhoon Maysak started out as a low-pressure area east of the Philippines, before being upgraded to a tropical depression on August 28.
Upon its upgrade, it was named tropical depression Julian, shortly before it was upgraded to a tropical storm and its name changed to Maysak.
At 7pm local time in Japan, the system was upgraded to a typhoon by the Japan Meteorological Agency.
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