Thousands of people have been displaced as typhoon barrels across South Korea

(MENAFN) The strongest storm to hit South Korea in years has devastated the country's southern area, pouring nearly a meter (3ft) of rain, collapsing highways, and pulling down power lines after thousands of people were evacuated to safer ground.

Typhoon Hinnamnor skirted the resort island of Jeju before making landfall in the country's south near the port of Busan early Tuesday, with heavy rain and strong gusts forecast to last all day.

The storm comes after a month of record rain in Seoul, which caused major flooding and killed at least 14 people.

Prime Minister Han Duk-soo ordered evacuations in flood-prone areas, warning that Hinnamnor could become a "historically strong typhoon that we have never experienced before."

More than 94cm (37 inches) of rain has fallen in central Jeju since Sunday, with gusts gusting to 155 km/h (96 miles per hour).

The wind knocked down power lines, leaving 20,000 houses in the southern regions without power.



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