Typhoon warnings issued in South Korea; businesses to cease operations

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SEOUL, Sept 5 (Reuters) – South Korea issued weather advisories and raised its typhoon alert on Monday as Typhoon Hinnamnor approaches, with heavy rains and strong winds already battering the south of the country. .

The typhoon, moving north at a speed of 19 km/h (12 mph), is expected to land 90 kilometers southwest of the port city of Busan early Tuesday, after reaching waters off the island from Jeju around midnight Monday.

“Very strong winds and heavy rains are expected across the country until Tuesday due to the typhoon, while there will be places where very high waves will cross breakwaters and coastal roads as well as storms. and tsunamis,” the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said.

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Warnings were issued in southern cities including Gwangju, Busan, Daegu and Ulsan, following that of the southern island of Jeju, while the central headquarters for disasters and security countermeasures relieved Sunday its emergency response posture at the highest level for the first time. in five years for typhoons.

The port city and its neighboring area received rain throughout the weekend, with more rain forecast for Monday and Tuesday.

On Sunday, President Yoon Suk-yeol held a meeting with authorities to review the response system, while promising to do everything possible to minimize damage from the typhoon.

Local media reported on Sunday that the country’s three South Korean shipbuilders – Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (009540.KS), Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (042660.KS), Samsung Heavy Industries (010140.KS) – are expected to halt their activities on Tuesday.

Other companies such as steelmaker Posco (005490.KS) are also expected to suspend operations, while major airlines such as Korean Air Lines (003490.KS) and Asiana Airlines (020560.KS) are reported to have canceled some of its flights on departure after 1 p.m. Monday (04:00 GMT).

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Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Kim Coghill

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