Typhoon Meari hits southwestern parts of S Korea

10:09, June 27, 2011      

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Typhoon Meari on Sunday passed through the southwestern parts of South Korea heading north after it first hit Jeju Island late Saturday.

The tropical storm brought strong winds and heavy downpours to the nation, which has already entered this year's rainy season since last week, killing several people countrywide and suspending some domestic flights.

According to Seoul's weather agency, the year's first typhoon had produced 321 millimeters of rain in the county of Sancheong in South Gyeongsang Province from early Saturday to Sunday afternoon, followed by the city of Ulsan, 252 millimeter of rain, while the rainfall in Gangwon Province since the beginning of the rainy season has totaled 411 millimeters, causing one people dead and one other missing.

In South Gyeongsang Province, a car was swept away by rising waters while passing a bridge, killing five people aboard, according to local media.

The Meari also destroyed some bridges and roads, flooded farmland, damaged some farmhouses and suspended domestic flights at Jeju and Gwangju airports.

However, local weather agency said the effects of the Meari are not as serious as previously expected since it did not pounded the whole country.

The storm is expected to pass Baengnyeong Island in the Yellow Sea and hit north parts of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) early Monday, the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said.

Warnings and advisories have been lifted in most parts of the nation, and only remain in place for seashore and sea areas of Incheon and Gyeonggi Province.

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