Tropical Storm Khanun (Enteng)


An eye-like feature is apparent in this radar image of Tropical Storm Khanun south of Jeju Island as seen from South Korean weather radar (Korean Meteorological Administration – July 18th 2012, 18:20KST).

A severe Tropical Storm made landfall in South Korea and continued into North Korea on Wednesday with 60mph sustained winds with gusts over typhoon force (74mph). The storm brought heavy rain, up to 8″ in some locations, to the Korean Peninsula during its passage. Damages from the storm are largely due to fresh water flooding, with few impacts from strong winds. At the height of the storm between 25 and 30 thousand customers were without power in South Korea. Although little has been reported out of the region, some reports from local media claim that 8 people died as a result of the storm.

The outer rain bands of this storm largely missed areas of Kyushu in southwest Japan that experienced devastating flash flooding only days before. However, tropical moisture remains in place across the region and further rainfall is likely.

Tropical Storm Khanun was briefly named ‘Enteng’ when is passed in the PAGASA (Philippines) Tropical Cyclone Warning area on the 17th. The JTWC (Joint Typhoon Warning Center) referred to the storm as Khanun.

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