Typhoon Lingling rain on Taiwan

Over a dozen flights to and fro Seoul were cancelled and several others delayed by hours as typhoon Lingling hit South Korea today.

Among the outgoing flights cancelled were destined to Hong Kong, Osaka, Taipei, Dalian, Qingdao, Wehei and Fukuoka. The delayed flights included those destined for Delhi, Moscow, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Istanbul and Jakarta. These flights were delayed by at least 3 hours.

The typhoon hit Japan before moving towards the Korean peninsula.

According to the forecast by South Korea’s weather department, Seoul and some other areas will witness gusty winds at the speed of over 50 miles per hour along with heavy rains.

Authorities are ready to deal with any eventuality and people are receiving warning messages on their mobile phones at regular intervals, updating about the progress of the typhoon. 

Tropical Storm today at 4 p.m., making it the 15th tropical storm of the year. Currently more than 3,000 kilometers away from Taiwan, it is expected to move northwest toward Japan and is not predicted to impact Taiwan directly.

As more of Taiwan came under the influence of Typhoon Lingling’s periphery, the CWB expanded its heavy rain advisory beyond New Taipei City, Taipei City, Keelung City, and Yilan County to also include Taichung County, Changhua County, Yunlin County, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Nantou County, Chiayi County, Chiayi City, and Pingtung County. Residents in these areas are advised to beware of sudden heavy downpours, lightning, and strong wind gusts.

There is an increased probability of large waves off the coast of eastern Taiwan (including Green Island and Lanyu), southern Taiwan, and northern coastal areas of Keelung, Penghu, and Matsu. At 11 a.m. this morning, large waves up to two to three meters in height were observed in Taitung and Yilan.

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