Typhoon Haishen to Bear Down on Japan and South Korea
September 5 , 2020
The second intense storm in a week, Typhoon Haishen, is bearing down on Japan and South Korea, and it came right on the heels of Typhoon Maysak, which made landfall in South Korea on September 3. As per Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Haishen is also the first super typhoon of the season in the western Pacific Ocean late this past week. It remains robust hence dangerous as it approaches land; however, it has lost some intensity since yesterday as per the experts. Haishen has also exceeded Maysak as the burly storm in the West Pacific so far this season. Further, the reports also say that "the former super typhoon was packing 10-minutes sustained winds of 185 km/h (115 mph) as of Saturday afternoon local time." This speed is considered to be a category four hurricane on the 'Saffir - Simpson' Wind Scale. Jason Nicholls, AccuWeather Lead International Meteorologist, elucidated Haishen to be "Haishen could follow right behind Maysak and aim for Southern Japan and the Korean Peninsula this weekend, bringing a second dose of tropical impacts." Another Meteorologist Jake Sojda said "This has the potential to be particularly devastating for some parts of southern Japan and South Korea as two strong typhoons, both the equivalent of major hurricanes in the Atlantic, could strike in almost the same spot in less than a week". Further, areas that are most expected to be at risk from Haishen will be from the northern Ryukyu Islands and southern Kyushu in Japan into southern and eastern South Korea. Haishen, an equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane, is expected to be a Category 3 equivalent typhoon when making landfall in South Korea. Wind gusts over 160 km/h (100 mph) are expected in both of these areas. Besides becoming the strongest typhoon, it is also forecast to become the fifth named tropical system to make landfall in South Korea in 2020.