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Typhoon Jangmi is the latest severe storm to develop in East Asia this year, as typhoon season goes into full swing. The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) announced the storm had gathered on Sunday, the fifth to do so this year. Jangmi has since battered the coast of South Korea, which was already waterlogged and recovering from flood damage.
Typhoon Jangmai formed on Sunday, and earlier today battered South Korea with torrential downpours.
The storm was the first to hit the country in 2020 and passed through the country’s southeasternmost tip.
Jangmai made landfall at Geoje around 2.50pm local time (3.50am BST), according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).
The storm spent more than two hours on the island and weakened to an extratropical cyclone at 5pm (7am BST).
Jeju, one of the first areas to see Jangmi’s impact, cancelled 36 domestic flights ahead of landfall.
A total of 15 ships connecting Jeju to the rest of South Korea received an operation ban, with a further 2,000 boats docked for safety.
But overall damage was limited, according to KMA, which lifted the typhoon advisory by 1pm.
The agency added the storm dissipated earlier today, but its influence will remain for a little while longer.
Rain and strong winds will continue overnight in the Seoul metropolitan area and Gangwon, Chungcheong and Gyeongsang provinces.
In Gangwon and Gyeongsang at the eastern coast, wind speeds could peak at 90km.
The same provinces will see up to six inches of precipitation, as well as Chungcheong Province and North Jeolla.
Elsewhere, rainfall will likely peak around three inches, with stormy conditions lasting into Tuesday.
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A prolonged monsoon season compounded the damage dealt by Jangmi over the weekend.
This year’s annual rains started on June 24, and so far show no sign of abating.
The last record set in South Korea in 1987 saw the Monsoon season end on August 10.
The 47 days it has lasted so far will also likely exceed another record set in 2013, when it continued for 49 days.
The period, while a necessary nuisance throughout Asia, has caused long-lasting damage in 2020.
So far, authorities have reported 42 people either dead or missing, and rain has damaged 17,958 facilities.
Another 7,000 people have lost their homes as a result of the weather.
The typhoon made it difficult for people to recuperate, with just 50 percent of damaged facilities repaired so far.
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