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Typhoon Lingling: 31 000 Homes without Power in South Korea


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Sat, 07 Sep 2019 10:56 GMT

Typhoon winds toppled trees, grounded planes and left thousands of South Korean homes without electricity on Saturday September 7th, as a powerful storm hit the Korean peninsula, AP has reported.

Strong winds and rain from Typhoon Lingling caused power cuts in more than 31,000 homes on the southern resort island of Jeju and in southern mainland regions, South Korea's Ministry of the Interior and Safety reported.  

The Ministry said there were no immediate reports of typhoon-related injuries. 

The typhoon was passing along the South Korean coast, 110km west of the central mainland city of Seosan on Saturday, moving north at 42kph, the Korea Meteorological Association said. 

It is expected to affect a broader area of the country as it passes off South Korea's west coast later on Saturday afternoon before making landfall in North Korea.  

Dozens of flights were grounded at airports nationwide, while 38 people were forced to evacuate from their flooded homes in Gwangju, a city near Seoul. 

Five cars were destroyed in the eastern city of Wonju after a tin panel blew off the roof of an apartment building and crashed into a car park.  

Fire crews in the western port city of Incheon responded to some 100 calls reporting typhoon-related damage, including destroyed walls, blown-off signage and fallen trees.