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North Korea crisis: Kim Jong-un bracing as huge typhoon to smash capital in just hours

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An expert at the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), based in Seoul, said Typhoon Bavi is likely to smash a record when it rolls into the region. His warning comes after Kim appeared at a party meeting where he warned authorities to prepare for the worst.

Woo Jin-kyu, a researcher at the weather agency, said: “Bavi is forecast to break a record among typhoons that passed through the Yellow Sea.

“Wind speed is likely to depend on the speed and strength of the typhoon but strong gusts are expected.”

KMA has forecast Bavi to bring strong winds that could break the record set by Typhoon Maemi in 2003.

Winds of up to 60 metres per second were recorded when Maemi rolled in on September 12, 2003.

Mr Kim’s attendance at the meeting quashed rumours he had been in ill health recently.

As hurricane-force winds were edging closer to Pyongyang, the dictator looked relaxed and was seen smoking a cigarette.

He touched on the coronavirus pandemic blighting the country, admitting there had been “some shortcomings” in the state’s efforts to keep out the “malignant virus”.

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The ruling party had said it will hold a congress next year to decide a new five-year plan.

An earlier party meeting noted serious delays in improving the national economy and living standards.

On Wednesday, KMA said the storm was already unleashing strong winds and heavy rain over the South Korean island of Jeju.

The extreme weather caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled.

Ferry services to and from the resort island were forced to be grounded.

As Bavi approached, South Korea’s weather agency said the storm would near the North Korean capital in the early hours of Thursday.

Weather experts at WX Charts published a chart showing the typhoon making its way towards North Korea.

The agency said:” Typhoon Bavi expected to make landfall in western North Korea within the next 18 hours.

“Hurricane-force winds will edge close to Pyongyang.”



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