BUSAN, South Korea — The Korean Meteorological Administration has predicted the possibility of a typhoon hitting the region this Friday. Heavy rain is forecasted with gusty winds affecting the Gyeongsang provincial areas.
Typhoon Toraji, the 17th typhoon of the season, formed in waters east-northeast of Taiwan around 3 a.m. Monday with a central pressure of 980 hPa and wind speeds of about 18 m/s while moving northeast.
‘We’re uncertain which course typhoon Toraji will take due to the influence of a trough of low pressure,’ Kim Sung-mook of the KMA. Currently, forecasters have the chance of hitting the southern and central regions at 60 percent.
This year was the first typhoon-free summer in southern Korea in four years due to a strong North Pacific anticyclone that is hovering over the peninsula. Since June, none of the 16 typhoons in the region have had a direct impact on the country, whereas it has seen an average of 2.2 a year between June and August over the last three decades according to the Chosun Ilbo.