Chan-hom – The Biggest storm since 1949, Faced by Korea after bursting China

Almost 1 million people evacuated in eastern China as the powerful storm crosses coast.

To the southwest, residents of Guangdong province and Hong Kong were getting back to business after disruption brought by Tropical Storm Linfa.

The storm resulted in the closure late Thursday of Hong Kong International Airport, one of Asia’s key aviation hubs, upsetting the travel plans of thousands of passengers.

China hit by stom Chan-Hom

Storm hits China, Heading towards Korea

Approximately 1,020 flights to and from the airport had to be rescheduled because of the weather system, an airport authority spokesman.

No deaths or serious injuries were reported in Hong Kong or Guangdong as a result of the weather system. By Friday morning, it had weakened into a lower pressure area, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

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Earlier in the week, Linfa had brought heavy rainfall to the northern Philippines, including Manila, the capital.

A third storm, Nangka, is the most powerful of the lot. It reached super typhoon strength Thursday with winds of 250 kph (150 mph).

Winds Already Lashing South Korea

Chan-hom is now being pulled northeastward across the Yellow Sea, and will continue to weaken as it tracks toward the Korean peninsula.

Chan-Hom Torando in China and Korea

Tornado in China and Korea

As of the advisory issued by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center at 10 a.m. local time Sunday (10 p.m. EDT Saturday in the U.S.), Chan-hom’s center was over the Yellow Sea about 300 miles southwest of Seoul, the capital of South Korea. The center of the tropical storm was moving north-northeast at 20 mph.

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