A crew member is rescued from a stranded ship as Typhoon Bolaven hits Korea, 27 August 2012. abc.net.au

By Yoo Li-an, Arirang News
28 August 2012

Typhoon Bolaven is currently steering back into the West Sea, a hundred and twenty kilometers from Seoul at a speed of 44 kilometers per hour.

The Korea Meteorological Administration says the typhoon will enter the western region of North Korea starting tonight and reach China by early Wednesday.

The center of the typhoon is now traveling away from South Korea, but the meteorological administration says the entire nation will still be under the direct influence of the typhoon.

[Interview : Yoo Li-an, Lian.yoo@arirang.co.kr] "The typhoon recorded wind speeds of up to 51 meters per second in the southwestern region of the country earlier in the day. This makes it the fifth most severe typhoon the nation has seen in over sixty years."

Typhoon Bolaven is being blamed for nine deaths nationwide and two injuries.

As for 3 p.m. Tuesday, around 400-thousand households had suffered property damage from the strong winds, over 200-thousand households experienced power outages, and 54 people had been displaced from their homes, according to the National Emergency Management Agency.

As a precautionary measure, Incheon Bridge, one of the two bridges connecting to Incheon International Airport, has been closed to traffic since noon today.

Most domestic and international flights at the country's two major airports, Gimpo and Incheon, were canceled or delayed.

Typhoon Bolaven Heads North

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