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Typhoon warnings issued in S.Korea; businesses to prevent operations

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SEOUL, Sept 5 (Reuters) – South Korea issued weather advisories and raised its typhoon alert level on Monday as typhoon Hinnamnor neared, with heavy rain and strong wind already lashing southern places.

The typhoon, travelling northward at a speed of 19 km each hour (12 mph), is likely to land 90 kilometres southwest of the port city Busan in early stages Tuesday, after reaching waters off Jeju Island around Monday midnight.

“Quite strong winds and heavy rains are anticipated in the united states to Tuesday because of the typhoon, while you will see places where high waves cross breakwaters and coastal roads alongside storm and tsunami,” the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said.

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Warnings have already been issued over the southern cities, including Gwangju, Busan, Daegu and Ulsan, following that in the southern island of Jeju, as the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters on Sunday upgraded its emergency response posture to the best level for the very first time in five years for typhoons.

The port city and its own neighbouring area have obtained rain through the entire weekend, with an increase of rain is forecast for Monday and Tuesday.

On Sunday, President Yoon Suk-yeol held a gathering with the authorities to examine the response system, while promising to place all efforts in minimising damage from the typhoon.

Local media reported on Sunday that the country’s three South Korean shipbuilders Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (009540.KS), Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (042660.KS), Samsung Heavy Industries (010140.KS) are anticipated to prevent operation on Tuesday.

Other businesses such as for example steelmaker Posco (005490.KS) may also be likely to suspend operations, while major airlines such as for example Korean Air Lines (003490.KS) and Asiana Airlines (020560.KS) have reportedly cancelled a few of its flights departing after 1 p.m. Monday (0400 GMT).

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Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Kim Coghill

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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