Government lifts “caution” typhoon warning as tropical storm Omais poised to hit southern areas


Numerous fishing boats are moored in the port of Seogwipo on Jeju Island while tropical storm Omais approaches on August 22, 2021. (Yonhap)

The government raised the typhoon warning one notch on Sunday to “caution” as the tropical storm Omais was expected to soon land in the southern regions of the country.

The Interior Ministry issued the secondary warning against grannies, which is expected to enter the waters south of Jeju Island early Monday, one notch higher than the previous entry-level warning “attention”.

Weather authorities predict that Omais will land near the southern coastal region near Gwangju late Monday and make its way towards the East Sea early Tuesday.

The government is expected to hold an inter-agency emergency meeting to discuss action against grannies and instruct local governments to review key water-related facilities for possible disruptions from heavy rain.

Authorities will also examine safety issues related to local fishing communities, as well as construction and industrial sites at risk from natural disasters. They will also look to prevent damage to COVID-19 testing and vaccination centers in areas likely to be affected by the storm. (Yonhap)

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