• Haishen Heads To N. Korea After Battering S. Korea's Southern Regions

Image: Korea Meteorological Administration
Image: Korea Meteorological Administration

After lashing much of South Korea's southern and eastern coastlines, Typhoon Haishen has moved out to waters off Gangwon Province.

The Korea Meteorological Administration said the storm was located around 50 kilometers northeast of Sokcho at around 3 p.m. Monday, and was heading towards North Korea.

Earlier, Haishen unexpectedly made landfall in Ulsan after leaving a trail of damage in Busan.

Ron Chang reports.


Haishen packed wind gusts of up to 42 meters per second in Pohang and 32 meters per second in Busan, when it passed by these cities earlier in the day.

According to fire authorities, there was significant damage in the southern areas, including broken traffic lights, toppled trees and widespread flooding.

The storm also knocked out power to thousands of households.

Haishen also left a path of destruction in Gangwon's Yeongdong area, sweeping away roads, triggering landslides and flooding around riverbanks and reservoirs.

The KMA said the typhoon, the third to hit the peninsula in as many weeks, was weakening and will likely be downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall over Chongjin in North Korea.

But the system will continue to have an effect on the Korean Peninsula through Tuesday morning.

The weather agency forecast up to 300 millimeters of more rain in parts of Gangwon and the Gyeongsang provinces as well as Ulleungdo.

In the capital region, light showers will briefly let up ahead of more rain on Wednesday.

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