Typhoon Maysak slammed South Korea early on Thursday and then made a second landfall in North Korea, killing at least two people, decimating homes, causing a power outage for a quarter million people and knocking over trees and telephone poles.
As if that’s not notable enough, if Haishen makes landfall in South Korea as a minimum Category 2 storm, it will only be the seventh such storm to do so in recorded history.
But it’s expected that Haishen will ravage some of the same areas that Typhoon Maysak hit earlier this week, posing severe complications to recovery plans.
Typhoon Haishen, has strengthened into the first super typhoon of the year with maximum sustained wind gusts as fast as 155 mph (250 kph), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
Its winds are forecast to weaken as it moves north and clips the Japanese island of Kyushu, though the storm will still likely be the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane.
Gulf Coast took a glancing blow from Tropical Storm Marco (which had previously been a hurricane) before being slammed by the much more dangerous Hurricane Laura.
If it reaches the impoverished nation, Haishen will mark the fifth typhoon to hit it this season, which marks a new annual record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.