Typhoon Lingling tracker: Hazardous 155mph MONSTER storm bears down on Korean Peninsula

Typhoon Lingling, the 13th typhoon of the year, is rapidly moving towards the Korean Peninsula. The monster storm is whipping up maximum sustained winds of 155mph, equivalent to a major Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir Simpson wind scale. That makes the life-threatening weather system more powerful than the deadly Hurricane Dorian who is currently battering the US east coast.

Lingling is currently located less than 200 miles northwest of Kadena Air Base on the Japanese island of Okinawa.

The terrifying storm has already battered Japan’s Ryukyu Islands and will continue through the Yellow Sea into the weekend.

While Lingling is forecast to approach the coastline as a typhoon, interaction with the land of the Korean Peninsula may weaken the system.

Landfall at this time looks possible in the North Korean province of Hwanghae by Friday evening.

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Preliminary typhoon warnings have also been issued across South Korea.

The Korea Meteorological Administration said “record-breaking winds” will reach the peninsula.

The weather agency said: “Record-breaking winds will be seen at islands and southern and western coastal areas.”

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It also advised local governments and residents to take precautionary measures.

Some air routes have already been blocked, causing travel disruption around the Korean strait.

Most of the 14 passenger ships that operate between Jeju and other parts of the country have also been cancelled.

Typhoon warning levels have been raised and port cities have also taken action with more than 300 cargo vessels evacuated in docks in Incheon, west of the South Korean capital of Seoul.

According to AccuWeather, parts of western South Korea, northern and western North Korea and even parts of northeastern China will be at risk for a period of torrential rainfall combined with locally damaging winds.

It said: “The strongest wind gusts will be confined to near the centre and just east of Lingling.

“Far western shores of South Korea and North Korea will be most likely to see wind gusts up to 75 mph.

“Winds of this magnitude are capable of causing structural and tree damage, power outages and travel disruptions.”

source: express.co.uk