Typhoon Rusa was the most powerful typhoon to strike South Korea in 43 years. It caused the deaths of 233 people and damaged over 17,000 houses in South Korea and North Korea. Rusa also caused $1.2 billion in damage in the United States and $1 billion in losses in the Philippines. It is the first threat from the storm to affect Japan since Typhoon Yutaka in 1995.
About Typhoon Rusa in brief
Typhoon Rusa was the most powerful typhoon to strike South Korea in 43 years. It developed on August 22 from the monsoon trough in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, well to the southeast of Japan. The storm was able to maintain much of its intensity due to warm air and instability from a nearby cold front. In South Korea, Rusa killed at least 233 people, making it the deadliest typhoon there in over 43 years, and caused USD 4.2 billion in damage. Rusa weakened while crossing the country, deteriorating into a tropical depression early on September 1. It became extratropical over Primorsky Krai in the Russian Far East late September 1, and dissipated three days later. It was the 21st JTWC tropical depression, the 15th named storm, and the 10th typhoon of the 2002 Pacific typhoon season. It left 20,000 people without power and caused two fatalities in the Amami Islands of Japan, where Rusa dropped torrential rainfall peaking at 902 mm in Tokushima Prefecture. The typhoon also left 26,000 people homeless and killed three in neighboring North Korea. Although damage was heaviest in South Korea,.
Rusa prompted the Okinawa government to cancel a disaster drill for the island, high seas from Rusa left two marines missing; two U.S. marines later included the missing as well as a report of the storm-related fatalities. It dissipated over the Kamchatka Peninsula on September 4, and later became a tropical storm over eastern Russia on September 5. It is the first threat from the storm to affect Japan since Typhoon Yutaka in 1995. It also caused $1.2 billion in damage in the United States and $1 billion in losses in the Philippines. It has been named the most destructive typhoon in the history of the Korean peninsula, with more than $1 billion worth of damage caused by Rusa. It caused the deaths of 233 people and damaged over 17,000 houses in South Korea and North Korea. It made landfall on Goheung, South Korea on August 31, with winds of 140 kmh and heavy rainfall that peaked at 897. 5 mm in Gangneung. A 24-hour total of 880 mm broke the record for the highest daily precipitation in the country; however, the heaviest rainfall was localized.