South Korea is bracing for the arrival of its third major typhoon in two months.
Typhoon Sanba was detected about 80 kilometres off the coast of the Japanese island of Okinawa on Sunday evening.
It is moving northward at a speed of 26 kilometres per hour and is expected to pound South Korea's southern resort island of Jeju later this morning.
It will then hit the peninsula southeast of the capital Seoul in the evening.
Authorities have issued severe wind and heavy rain alerts for most of the southern coastal regions.
School classes have been cancelled, ferry routes closed and thousands of ships have been taken out of the typhoon's path.
The powerful typhoons Bolaven and Tembin struck the Korean peninsula in August, leaving more than 20 people dead in the South, and a reported 48 dead in the North.
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