Jeju, southern provinces on high alert over typhoon

Typhoon Neoguri continued its northward movement Wednesday, affecting much of Korea's southern region.

Jejudo Island, which came under the typhoon's direct influence early Wednesday, was hit with heavy rains and winds. The heavy rains and winds, reaching speeds of over 30 meters per second in some areas, halted sea and air travel from the southern island to the mainland as well as nearby islands. A large number of homes on Jeju also experienced temporary power outages and a number of schools closed for the day or shortened classes.

Although the typhoon is not expected to hit the mainland, much of Korea's southernmost regions came under its indirect influence.

Busan, on the southeastern coast of Korea, issued a strong-wind warning as of midday, while a typhoon warning took effect in areas off the southern coast from 10:30 a.m.

All flights between Busan and Jeju were cancelled or delayed from 1 p.m. Busan is expected to receive up to 80 mm of rain by Thursday.

South Jeolla Province was also on high alert Wednesday with Neoguri expected to bring as much as 50 mm of rain.

The typhoon is expected to move along the length of Japan, and has so far left two dead and at least 25 injured in that country.