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S. Korea on high alert as Typhoon Sanba nears

Published on Sep 16, 2012 3:41 PM
This image obtained from NASA shows typhoon Sanba on Sept 13, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea was on Sunday bracing for the arrival of its third major typhoon in two months, with school classes cancelled, ferry routes closed, and thousands of ships taken into shelters.

Typhoon Sanba - packing gusts of up to 48 metres per second - was moving northward at a speed of 26kmh about 80km off the Japanese island of Okinawa on Sunday morning, Seoul's weather service said.

The typhoon caused blackouts to 38,600 households in Okinawa, where almost 250 people evacuated their homes, island officials said in a statement.

It is expected to pass South Korea's southern resort island of Jeju on Monday morning before pounding the peninsula in the evening, arriving more than 80km south-east of the capital before churning northwards, Seoul's weather service said.

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