South Korea is left without power after Typhoon Hinnamor

On the 6th of September, South Korea woke up to a disaster. Unleashing fierce rains and winds destroyed trees, roads and homes and left more than 20000 homes without power. In the southern district of the country the wind brought down power cables. The typhoon caused landslides, damage to homes and public facilities, blackouts in homes and flooding of farmland in South Korea.

Typhoon is a mature tropical cyclone that develops between 180° and 100°E in the Northern Hemisphere. There are six categories of the tropical cyclone intensity scale.

Typhoon Hinnamnor is a Category 2 Hurricane which is extremely dangerous and causes extensive damage. Property damage such as major roof and siding damage occurs on well-constructed frame homes. Shallowly rooted trees snap or uproot and block roads. Power loss is expected with lasting days to weeks outages.

Strongest storm of the year

South Korea Prime Minister Han Duk-soo issued a call for evacuating people in vulnerable areas. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency it is the strongest storm of the year.


More than 94cm of rain has fallen and winds peaked at 155 kilometers per hour in the country's Jeju island since Sunday. On monday Korea Meteorological Administration warned of the approaching typhoon which forced flight cancellations, suspension of business operations and closure of schools.

No casualties

No casualties have been reported despite the evacuation numbers but only a 25-year old man has been reported after he fell into stream rain.

South Korea is not the only country facing the typhoons. Similarly typhoons appeared in the Philippines, other pacific countries and New Zealand.

Use of electrical energy is widespread in almost every sector and energy demand is increasing day by day. This causes the existing power systems to be insufficient to meet the requirements. In order to overcome this, new production and technology units are being added to power systems. Since there is no electricity in the facilities that pump water to city lines the shortage of electricity brings water shortage problems as well.

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Cause of the power outages

It is extremely important to analyze the causes and effects of the interruptions, which seriously affect human life both socially and economically, in order to minimize the possible interruptions and their effects by making the necessary arrangements.

31,4 percent of the power outages are caused by rain and wind, 11,1 by ice storms, 10,1 by cyclones and tropical storms, 8,8 by thunderstorms, 5,6 by fires and 1,6 by earthquakes.

This natural disaster that the earth faces more day by day shows us that everybody should be able to generate their own energy. Because these events mainly affect electricity and in this century electricity is vital.

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