our top story today typhoon ling-ling is
inching closer toward the korean peninsula and is already causing damage
to the southern and western islands and the coastal areas as typhoon warnings
are in place for most parts of the country emergency authorities are
strongly advising people to refrain from going outside to hear more about the
powerful typhoon we have our Connie Hong Lou who’s at the Pentagon Park in Seoul
hello how’s it looking bo-gyung as you can see the wind is getting stronger by
the minute I came out here about an hour and a half
ago and it wasn’t as windy as it is right now the maximum wind speed of Ling
Ling has gone down a little compared to yesterday but it’s still powerful enough
to uproot trees and flip over cars the maximum wind speed of the typhoon was
over 160 kilometers per hour yesterday but according to the Korea
meteorological Administration forecasts at 7 a.m. this morning
typhoon Ling Ling’s maximum wind speed was measured at 140 km/h now if you look
at the expected route of Ling Ling here it was still over the West sea near the
southwestern city of Mokpo at around 9 a.m. which is about an hour ago in about
two hours Ling Ling is forecast to be its closest to show as the eye of the
typhoon is expected to be some 140 kilometers away from here in the West
sea but Ling Ling is not likely to sweep through the capital city as it is
predicted to move its way up into North Korea from the West sea and go through
conn-young weather experts are saying the biggest threat from Ling Ling is its
strong winds not the rainfall so hung with such strong winds blowing towards
the country what are some things that people can do to minimize the damage
well first and foremost it’s strongly advised that you do not go outside with
typhoon Ling Ling expect it to do the most damage today now if you’re in the
storm’s path please keep your smartphone close and watch the news on the TV or on
the radio again stay indoors if possible but if you have to go out keep away from
construction sites and traffic lights if you’re driving drive slowly and do not
take roads next to rivers or streams as the water level could increase rapidly
and pose a threat if you live in an area where there might be a landslide or a
flood you should learn the community evacuation plan and how to get to the
closest safe zone it’s also important to have a first-aid kit at hand in case of
emergency experts say according to research taping the windowpanes does
little to protect them from strong winds so it’s important to fasten the window
by taping its frame instead if you apply a safety film it can also minimize the
damage from shattered glass when the typhoon hits flooding is another common
hazard so it’s important to check the sores and drainage systems to make sure
they’re working properly but if your property becomes flooded do not go
inside even if the water is drained you should get help from the authorities as
the presence of home appliances can pose a risk of electric shock now there’s no
way to stop the storm from coming but we can try to reduce the damage by
preparing for the worst and following the advice of the emergency authorities
stay safe and we’ll keep you updated on the latest in our later newscast