Typhoon Bavi arrives on Jeju Island, Soith Korea, ahead of hitting mainland South Korea. August 26 2020.

“South Korea fell under the influence of a “very strong” typhoon Wednesday, with typhoon advisories issued for some of its southern regions. Authorities are bracing for one of the most powerful typhoons of the year, which is expected to directly impact the capital region.

The Korea Meteorological Administration said Wednesday that as of 4 p.m. Typhoon Bavi was 200 kilometers west of Jeju Island and was advancing north at 22 kilometers per hour. The tropical storm had a maximum wind speed of 162 kilometers per hour and an atmospheric pressure of 945 hectopascals at its center.

The eighth typhoon of this year, which formed off the east coast of Taiwan last week, has been gaining strength and intensity over the past few days and earned the “very strong” typhoon designation at 9 a.m. Wednesday, three hours earlier than originally expected.

The “very strong” rank is the second-highest classification on the weather agency’s five-level scale introduced in May. The KMA forecasts that Bavi could develop into a “super-strong” typhoon and bring winds stronger than 200 kilometers per hour.

A typhoon with wind speeds of 194 kilometers per hour earns the “super-strong” rank. In a “super-strong” typhoon, serious damage can be expected, from trains derailing to cars and people being swept into the air, the KMA warned.

“Bavi could develop into a record typhoon while traveling through the west coast,” said Woo Jin-kyu, a forecaster at the national weather agency, during a press briefing Wednesday.”

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