Typhoon Khanun, the strongest storm to hit South Korea in decades, slammed into the country’s southern coast on Thursday, bringing strong winds and heavy rain that caused widespread damage and disruption. The typhoon, which had winds of up to 126 kilometers per hour (78 miles per hour), made landfall near the port city of Tongyeong and then moved northward across the country, reaching the capital Seoul by late Thursday.
The typhoon caused power outages, flight cancellations, ferry suspensions, road closures, and evacuations across South Korea.
According to the Ministry of Interior and Safety, more than 300,000 households lost electricity, more than 600 flights were canceled, and more than 100 sea routes were halted due to the storm. The ministry also said that more than 20,000 people were evacuated from their homes and that more than 1,000 buildings were damaged or flooded.