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Typhoon Kompasu kills 3 in South Korea

By the CNN Wire Staff
People walk past booths damaged by Typhoon Kompasu in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday.
People walk past booths damaged by Typhoon Kompasu in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Debris kills two people and a third is electrocuted
  • Torrential rain and winds hit N. Korea, where crops were threatened
  • N. Korea has already struggled to feed its people
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(CNN) -- Three people died after Typhoon Kompasu hit central South Korea Thursday morning, the Yonhap News Agency reported.

Kompasu also halted much of the metropolitan area's subway service, toppled trees and caused widespread power outages, the agency said. Airlines canceled or diverted domestic and international flights.

According to Yonhap: A flying roof tile killed an 80-year-old man in Seosan, South Chungcheong province. A broken tree branch fatally struck a 37-year-old man in Bundang, on the southern outskirts of Seoul. And an electrical engineer was electrocuted while trying to restore electricity in Mokpo, 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of Seoul.

iReport: Kompasu whips through South Korea

Kompasu also unleashed torrential rain and strong winds on North Korea Thursday, according to the state-run KCNA news agency. The typhoon was expected to further devastate crops in secretive North Korea, which has been gripped by food shortages.

As of late afternoon Thursday, Kompasu was carrying maximum winds of 55 miles per hour and had moved away from both Koreas.