Typhoon Bavi formed in the Pacific Ocean last week, before growing in strength to reach wind speeds of 97mph, with forecasters closely watching the
Typhoon Bavi formed in the Pacific Ocean last week, before growing in strength to reach wind speeds of 97mph, with forecasters closely watching the system’s track. Now meteorologists are predicting Bavi will track across the Korean peninsula this coming week, bringing devastating winds and torrential rain to both North and South Korea.
Typhoon Bavi is expected to track across the Yellow Sea over the next few days, with WXCharts confirming landfall is possible for North Korea around the middle of next week.
The exact forecast track is not certain, as another weather system tracking through China may influence its direction.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Courtney Travis said: “The track of the tropical system will be heavily influenced by a front moving through northeastern China into southeastern Russia.
“Should the front stay farther north, the tropical system could be pulled northward into the Korean Peninsula.
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“A complete succession structure has not been formed, so Kim Yo-jong is being brought to the fore as the vacuum cannot be maintained for a prolonged period.”
A few days ago the National Intelligence Service (NIS) announced Jong-un will still “exert absolute power”.
However, he will gradually delegate his authority to sister Kim Yo-jong “to ease stress”.
Earlier this year speculation as to Kim’s health grew as he missed state events – and he has only been seen a handful of times which added to fears of his ill health or even death.
One widely circulated theory was that a heart operation to fit a stent had left him desperately ill or even killed him.
Despite this, fears were alleviated when he appeared at the opening ceremony of a fertiliser factory in Suchon in May.
North Korea has long been one of the most secretive countries, and since 1948 has been ruled by three men from the Kim family.
Kim Il-sung, who died in 1994, Kim Jong-il who was in power for 17 years and since 2011, Kim Jong-un.