Rescuers at Gapyeong City, Gyeonggi Province on August 3 (Photo: YONHAP)
However, state-run Chinese media reported that the storm did not seem to cause significant damage. Before the storm hit, authorities in the two provinces evacuated people in coastal areas, suspended some rail services, ferries, constructions and called for fishing boats to shore.
The NMC predicts the Hagupit - the fourth typhoon to land in China since early 2020 - will weaken before returning to the sea on the morning of August 5 and heading towards the Korean Peninsula. South Korea has more reason to worry if Hagupit landed on its territory because of severe flooding in Central that killed at least 13 people and 13 missing as of Aug. 4. In addition, more than 1,000 people were forced to evacuate to avoid natural disasters in the past few days.
According to Yonhap news agency, the latest casualties occurred in the cities of Pyeongtaek and Gapyeong in Gyeonggi Province when 6 people were killed in landslides. Among the affected provinces are South Chungcheong, North Chungcheong, Gangwon and Seoul.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has urged relevant ministries to take measures to prevent further damage to life and property, such as restricting access to dangerous areas and evacuating residents from at-risk places. rain, landslides, etc. The Korean weather agency forecasts heavy rain could continue in the next few days in some provinces and cities such as Seoul, Gyeonggi, Chungcheong North.
In the US, Hurricane Isaias weakened into a tropical depression after landing in North Carolina with winds of up to 140 km / h on the night of 3-8 (local time). The storm caused many trees to fall and caused hundreds of thousands of people to live in a blackout in North Carolina. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Aug. 4 warned that the storm would still cause heavy rain and high winds when traveling along the East Coast. According to CNN, other localities affected by the storm include Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, etc. Isaias is the 9th storm in the Atlantic 2020 hurricane season.