|Captured from the KMA website|
By Park Si-soo
A typhoon, formed in waters 630 kilometers southeast of Japan, is moving northwest and could strike the Korean Peninsula.
The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said Wednesday Typhoon Peipah is moving at 36 kilometers per hour with wind gusts of 14 meters a second. Its central pressure is 1,002 hectopascals (hPa).
The KMA expects Peipah to strengthen over the next 24 hours as it passes through "warm" waters of 28 degrees Celsius and higher.
"It is forecast to reach near Taiwan and then move northeastward following the edge of the North Pacific high that stretches to the Korean Peninsula," a KMA official said. "It's too early to say if it will strike Korea. For now, we are keeping an eye on its travel route to make accurate forecasts."
The KMA said the typhoon is accompanied by ever-expanding clouds that are expected to bring heavy rain to southern and eastern parts of the peninsula on Sept. 22 and 23.