20,000 South Korean houses lose electricity after typhoon: As Typhoon Hinnamor made landfall in South Korea‘s southern regions on Tuesday.
Thousands of people forced to flee. The storm unleashed violent rains and winds that swept away trees and roads and left more than 20,000 homes without power.
According to the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, a 25-year-old man went missing after slipping into a creek swelled by rain in the southern city of Ulsan.
It was not immediately apparent if fires at a significant steel facility run by POSCO in the southern city of Pohang were due to the storm.
Government authorities have warned the nation about possible harm from floods, landslides. And tidal waves caused by Hinnamnor, which experts predicted would be the worst storm to strike the country in years.
The storm struck just a few weeks after the nearby regions, and Seoul’s capital city pounded by torrential rains that triggered flash floods and left at least 14 people dead.
Hinnamnor might wind up being a “historically big typhoon that we never experienced before,” according to Prime Minister Han Duk-soo. Who has urged preventive measures to evacuate inhabitants in flood-prone regions.
According to South Korea’s meteorological office, Hinnamnor, which earlier on Tuesday grazed the southern resort island of Jeju and made landfall close to the mainland port of Busan, was heading northeast into open water while carrying torrential rains and gusts of up to 144 kilometers (89 miles) per hour.
Since Sunday, the storm has poured more than 94 centimeters (37 inches) of rain in the center of Jeju, where gusts have sometimes topped 155 kph (96 mph).
According to the Safety Ministry, more than 3,400 people in the southern regions had to leave their homes due to safety concerns. And 14,000 more people advise or given orders to leave.
Over 600 schools across the country were shut down or switched to online instruction. More than 66,000 fishing boats evacuated to ports. More than 250 aircraft and 70 ferry services canceled. In addition, 2,795 of the 20,334 households that had lost power had their electricity restored by 6 am.