| With typhoon Neoguri heading north, Jeju Island, southern coast areas and east coast of South Gyeongsang Province will suffer heavy rain and wind Wednesday. The Korea Meteorological Administration on 3 p.m. Tuesday replaced high seas watch to typhoon alert on far offshore south of Jeju, and issued high seas watch on Jeju`s eastern area and southern coastal waters.
Neoguri formed last Thursday east of the Philippines, and is heading north while maintaining a central atmospheric pressure of 935 hectopascals, maximum wind speed of 48 meters per second, and a radius of 420 kilometers. By 9 a.m. on Wednesday, it will likely approach 360 kilometers offshore at south of Seogwipo City in Jeju. The North Pacific high that forces a typhoon is weak, which means Neoguri would switch direction to northeast to Japan`s Kyushu region. Still Jeju and south coastal areas of Korea will be under influence Wednesday and Thursday.
On Wednesday, Jeju is expected to hit by strong winds with maximum instantaneous wind speed of 20 to 35 meters per second and 50 to 120 millimeters of rain. Some mountainous regions could exhibit more than 250 millimeters of rain. Southern coastal regions and east coast of South Gyeongsang Province will also see heavy rains of over 20 millimeters per hour and 10- to 25 meters of wind per second. A source at the Korea Meteorological Administration said, "The typhoon hasn`t headed further north as expected and just Jeju will be under direct influence."