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(4th LD) Typhoon-caused strong winds hit S. Korea

19:08 October 12, 2019

(ATTN: RECASTS headline; UPDATES throughout with damages)

SEOUL, Oct. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea suffered some damages Saturday from strong winds under the indirect influence of Typhoon Hagibis, the season's 19th typhoon.

As the powerful typhoon approached Japan, strong winds with speeds of 20-30 meters per second hit Busan, South Korea's largest port city, and other southeastern areas, according to the Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA).

Gale and high tide alerts were issued in the areas, with fishing boats banned from leaving ports and campers advised to evacuate to safe locations.

A train operation was halted in Busan for hours after a metal board was blown from a bridge and fell on a railway, cutting off the power supply. A non-express Mugunghwa train carrying around 200 passengers was passing through the area, but no casualties were reported in the accident.

In Ulsan, a 78-year-old person was hurt, falling because of strong winds during a walk along the sidewalk near a drain facility, the Ulsan Fire Department said.

Technicians repair a railroad in the southern port city of Busan on Oct. 12, 2019, in this photo provided by Busan Fire Station, after a metal board fell on the railway amid Typhoon Hagibis, cutting off the power supply. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

KMA advised local travelers to remain alert over strong winds and high tides in the affected areas.

South Korea should also be vigilant over the risk of wind damage to various facilities, it added.

South Korea is expected to be affected by strong winds on Sunday as well.

"Airports near the southern and eastern coasts, along with the one on Jeju, may face problems in their operations. Travelers are advised to check their flight schedules in advance," KMA said.

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