(LEAD) Typhoon Chanthu brings heavy rains to Jeju, flooding roads and crushing sewage system


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SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Yonhap) – Typhoon Chanthu dumps heavy rain and brings high winds to the southern island of Jeju, a weather agency said on Tuesday, causing flash floods that inundated at least two cars.

The 14th typhoon of the season, causing wind gusts of up to 39 meters per second, passed 210 kilometers east of Shanghai on Tuesday at 9 a.m. and is expected to be closest to the island on Friday, the Korean Meteorological Authority.

The typhoon is expected to affect the island throughout the week, dumping water at more than 300 millimeters per hour in parts of the island.

Heavy showers have hit the island since morning, with parts of Mount Halla receiving up to 476 millimeters of rain.

Firefighters rescued at least two drivers trapped inside their cars on flooded roads. No injuries were reported. Reports came in of an overflown drainage system and a flooded accommodation company.

Island firefighters said firefighters responded to dozens of rescue and repair operations.

Showers and strong winds are in effect on the island, and a storm surge advisory has been issued for nearby waters.

Bad weather conditions disrupt air and sea transport connecting the island and other regions.

According to the Jeju Center of the Korea Shipping Safety Authority, only six of the 11 ferries will operate on four routes during the day, and some flights could be canceled due to high winds. Further disruptions could occur as the typhoon approaches.

Rainfall of 100 to 200 mm is forecast through Wednesday in Jeju, with more than 300 mm of rain expected in some areas.

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