Geum Yi

2 people injured, hundreds evacuated as Typhoon Nanmadol brushes past S. Korea

September 19, 2022

Strong winds fanned by Typhoon Nanmadol have toppled trees, caused power outages and turned schools to remote learning in southeastern South Korea, leaving two people injured and hundreds of others evacuated, officials said Monday.

This year’s 14th typhoon moved north-northeast from waters 300 kilometers north-northeast of Japan’s Kagoshima at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour in the morning, according to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters. The typhoon moved out to waters west of Japan’s Osaka in the afternoon.

Nanmadol reached closest to South Korea at 10 a.m., when its center was 200 km away from the southeastern port city of Busan, the Korea Meteorological Administration said.

A person walks on a seaside street in Busan, 325 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Sept. 19, 2022, as Typhoon Nanmadol brushes past South Korea. (Yonhap)
High waves churn the waters off Pohang, 272 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Sept. 19, 2022, as Typhoon Nanmadol brushes past South Korea. (Yonhap)
Fishing boats are docked at a port in the southern coastal city of Yeosu on Sept. 18, 2022. (Yonhap)
This photo provided by fire authorities shows firefighters tending a tree that fell over a car in Ulsan on Sept. 19, 2022. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
This photo from fire authorities shows firefighters tending a tree that fell over in the wake of Typhoon Nanmadol in Ulsan on Sept. 19, 2022. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

A person walks on a seaside street in Busan, 325 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Sept. 19, 2022, as Typhoon Nanmadol brushes past South Korea. (Yonhap)

As the typhoon brushed past southeastern regions, the region saw gushing winds of up to 30 meters per second and rains of about 10 millimeters per hour.

In Busan, a woman in her 40s sustained minor injuries to her right calf Sunday evening after a flowerpot fell over due to powerful winds. A 10 year-old child in the southeastern port city also sustained minor injuries.

A street tree was reported fallen over early Monday morning in the eastern coastal city of Ulsan amid strong winds, while an iron structure at a golf course in the south coastal city of Geoje toppled over in the early morning.

More than a hundred other typhoon-related reports have been filed, including destroyed windows or roofs, a flooded sewer and the collapse of a utility pole.

A total of 854 people in North Gyeongsang Province, Busan and elsewhere have evacuated due to safety concerns. Some 7,000 households in Pohang experienced power outages.

Power was also out for up to three hours for about a thousand households in Ulsan between Sunday night and Monday morning. All the 1,356 households that suffered power outages, including those in Ulsan, had their power supplies restored as of 9 a.m., authorities said.

Amid safety concerns, all elementary, middle, and high schools in Busan and Ulsan turned to remote learning. Including them, more than 1,300 schools turned to e-learning or delayed the start of school nationwide.

Both directions on the Busan-Geoje Fixed Link, an 8.2-kilometer bridge-tunnel, had been closed early in the morning before the blockade was lift at 6 a.m.

Some 101 passenger vessels running on 79 routes along the south coast have been suspended due to high waves.

Prime Minister Han Duck-soo called for the highest vigilance against the potential impact of Typhoon Nanmadol in a typhoon response meeting with officials, vowing to “mobilize all available resources in the event of an emergency recovery situation.”