October 3, 2022
South Korea hit by storm, curbs on business

Seoul – South Korea raised its typhoon-alert to its highest level on Monday as Typhoon Hinmanor forced flight cancellations, suspension of some commercial operations and the closure of schools.

Coming from the south at 20.5 mph, the storm brought heavy rain and strong winds to the south of the country. After arriving at the holiday island of Jeju on Monday, Hinamor is expected to make landfall southwest of the port city of Busan early Tuesday.

President Yoon Suk-yol said he would remain on emergency standby a day after ordering officials to do their best to minimize damage from the storm.

“Due to the storm, very strong winds and heavy rain are expected across the country by Tuesday, with very strong waves expected in the coastal area,” the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said.

Hinamor is on a path that will take it northeast towards Sapporo, Japan.

South Korea classifies typhoons into four categories – normal, strong, very strong, super strong. “Very strong” typhoons like Hinamanor have wind speeds of up to 118 mph.

Typhoon Hinnmanor is moving toward the south coast of South Korea at 20.5 mph.
Typhoon Hinnmanor is moving toward the south coast of South Korea at 20.5 mph.
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Warnings have been issued for the southern cities of Gwangju, Busan, Daegu and Ulsan as well as Jeju, while the Central Disaster and Security Countermeasures Headquarters has upgraded its typhoon alert level to the highest level in its four-tier system. time in five years.

Busan city and surrounding areas have received rain throughout the weekend, with more forecast for Monday and Tuesday across the country.

No casualties were reported, although more than 100 people were evacuated and some facilities were damaged by the floods.

A man makes waves amid heavy rain caused by a typhoon that hit Jeju Island on September 4, 2022.
A man makes waves amid heavy rain caused by a typhoon that hit Jeju Island on September 4, 2022.
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Shipbuilders Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) and Samsung Heavy Industries said they would cease operations on Tuesday.

A spokesman for LG Electronics said Tuesday it would shut operations at its Gumi production facilities, which make large OLED TVs, while steelmaker Posco was halting operations at its production facilities, including its furnaces, on Tuesday, Yonhap news agency said. Is.

SK Innovation, the owner of South Korea’s top refiner SK Energy, said it told carrier ships not to operate until the storm had passed.

Waves generated by Typhoon Hinmannor in Qingdao, China's eastern Shandong province on September 5, 2022.
Waves generated by Typhoon Hinmannor in Qingdao, China’s eastern Shandong province on September 5, 2022.
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Korean Air Lines and Asiana Airlines have canceled most of their Monday flights to Jeju Island, according to their websites, while budget airlines such as Air Seoul and Jin Air have canceled some of their flights.

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