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Typhoon Maysak hits Jeju Island, on course to hit south coast of mainland

Arirang News
Arirang News
태풍 '마이삭' 북상…내일 경남 남해안 강타

Our starting point tonight. Another powerful typhoon heading this way.
Typhoon Maysak has already interrupted flight and ferry operations to and from Korea's southern resort island of Jeju and is on course to reach the mainland.
Disruptions from the second typhoon of the season and tracking the storm: we have a team coverage tonight.
First, we begin with our Choi Won-jong in Korea's southeastern port city of Busan.
Wonjong, that's where the typhoon is expected to make landfall tonight.
What can you tell us?
Conn-young, where I am standing right now in Busan is the most southern part of mainland Korea and where the typhoon is expected to arrive soon.
Compared to earlier this afternoon, we are seeing more rainfall and feeling stronger gusts of wind.
Based on the Korea Meteorological Administration on Wednesday, Typhoon Maysak is moving toward a potential landfall west of Busan early Thursday morning, approximately 3 AM, Korea Time.
As of 3 PM, the central pressure of the typhoon is currently at 945 hPa (HectoPascals) with a maximum wind speed of 162 kilometers an hour.
Experts are saying that this typhoon is supposed to be much stronger than the previous one, Typhoon Bavi.
That is why the local district here in Busan has urged people to secure their boats and have shifted to a 24-hour monitoring system to keep tabs on the latest updates.
The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters is also on high alert. It has raised its emergency countermeasure levels to the highest on Wednesday, to prevent potential storm damage across the country.
The storm has passed over the southern resort island of Jeju already leaving much damage and disruptions. What are we learning of the damages?
That's right, Conn-young, Typhoon Maysak has already slammed some parts of Jeju Island, leaving behind some major damage and causing power outages.
Due to the high wind speeds and with up to three-hundred millimeters of heavy rain, authorities have reported several trees being uprooted.
Store signs and streets lights have fallen as well.
Also, high waves from five meters high up to 20 meters have been reported near the beach.
And, of course, the typhoon has been disrupting flight and ferry operations.
According to Korea Airports Corporation, flights in and out of Jeju have either been rescheduled or canceled.
Around 15 ferry connections between the mainland and Jeju have also been restricted.
Starting 10 AM Wednesday, the local government raised the typhoon advisory to a warning for all of Jeju Island.
Like I said earlier, Typhoon Maysak is moving up towards where I am standing right now in Busan and is expected to head north and influence all of South Korea by Thursday.
Choi Won-jong, Reporting live from Busan.
Back to you, Conn-young.
Thanks Wonjong. Make sure you stay safe.

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