Typhoon Muifa on Sunday pummeled Island Jeju and other parts of the country with strong winds and lashing rain, causing cancellations of flights and ferry services, and damaging property.
On the island, the gusts also broke the bottom part of a 20-meter-tall, 600-year-old hackberry tree, Natural Monument No. 161, at around 7:20 a.m. It then fell onto and damaged the roof of a building constructed during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).
|Strong winds from Typhoon Muifa broke a 600-year-old hackberry at its stump in a folk village on Jeju, Sunday. The tree fell on an ancient government office, damaging the roof of
the cultural asset building. (Yonhap News)
According to the state disaster control agency, a 1,320-ton barge carrying two people drifted some 1.6 kilometers out to sea at around 5:45 a.m. after its mooring rope was cut amid strong winds and high waves from the typhoon. The two were rescued by maritime police at 8:30 a.m.
Some trees on the island also fell onto streets on the island, blocking road traffic. A 2,900-square-meter vinyl greenhouse in Seogwipo was seriously damaged. Some buildings were flooded.
Due to high waves rising up to nine meters, passenger ships connecting Jeju to Busan, Mokpo and Incheon were canceled while some 2,000 vessels were docked out of harm’s way. Some 210 flights at the Jeju airport were canceled.
Also at Incheon and Gimpo International Airports, a considerable number of flights were grounded.
As Muifa approaches the southwestern and west coasts of the Korean Peninsula, additional typhoon warnings were issued to all seas off the western and southern coasts and Jeju Island. Typhoon watches were issued to the western and central parts of the nation.
The state weather agency forecast that the Chungcheong region, Seoul, Gyeonggi Province, the five northwestern border islands and Incheon were to come under the direct influence of the typhoon by Sunday night.
Korea Meteorological Administration also expected Seoul and its adjacent areas to see strong winds and downpours. Pointing out that the course of the typhoon could change due to unexpected variables, it forecast that the typhoon would continue to move northward and arrive at Dalian, China, on Monday night.
By Song Sang-ho (firstname.lastname@example.org)