Week 9: Gnarly Typhoon Nari
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This week we were fortunate enough to experience our first typhoon. It was definitely an adventure swimming home from work and chasing my shoes down the road as they floated away in a roaring river of runoff! Here's an excerpt from the online newspaper Aljazeera.net about the typhoon:
Typhoon Nari lashes South Korea
"A fast-moving typhoon has killed at least 14 people in South Korea, with many others reported missing.
Typhoon Nari also grounded domestic and international flights as it moved on an eastwardly path after lashing cities on the south coast causing heavy flooding, officials said.
South Korea's National Emergency Management Agency said at least six people had been killed and five others were reported missing on the resort island Jeju which recorded 590mm of rain over the weekend.
Winds peaking at more than 180 kmh were recorded.
Eyewitnesses likened the conditions to being on a battlefield.
Hundreds of domestic and international flights have been cancelled due to continuing heavy rain and strong winds.
Officials said Nari, named after a South Korean flower, was moving northeast at 26 kilometres per hour toward the Korea Strait between the peninsula and Japan."