SEOUL (Reuters) - At least one person was reported killed and thousands were temporarily without power as Typhoon Maysak smashed into the Korean peninsula on Thursday, bringing heavy rain and lashing winds to areas still recovering from last weeks Typhoon Bavi. The ninth typhoon of the season and the fourth to hit the peninsula this year left about 120,000 households without power across South Korea, officials said. Flights were cancelled or delayed and downed trees and other debris caused light damage, Yonhap news agency reported. One person died when winds shattered a window in South Korea’s second-largest city of Busan, which bore the brunt of the storm’s 170 kph (105 mph) winds, Yonhap reported. The peninsula typically sees only one typhoon a year, but another typhoon, Haishen, is brewing south of Japan and is expected to hit the Korean coast on Sunday or Monday, NASA’s Earth Observatory reported.
A large part of the Western Pacific is extremely warm. That is exactly where the new typhoon will track. The sea waters are literally boiling hot! Sea surface temperatures of 30-31 °C are spread along southern Japan and over the Marianas and the Philippine Sea, warm water is like rocket fuel for these storms.