South Korea Feels the Effects of Monsoon Season
David Lee, July 4, 2017, 12:34 p.m.
Torrential rain storms pounded downtown Seoul on Sunday night and early Monday morning. Up to 66 mm of rain per hour fell, the heaviest rainfall in the capital in five years, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. Downpours fell sporadically in central parts on Monday, with some 349.5 mm of rain breaking over Hongcheon and 252.5 mm in Chuncheon, both in Gangwon Province, 222.5 mm in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province, and 178.5 mm in Sangju, North Gyeongsang Province.
The rain is expected to continue throughout Tuesday in Seoul and in other central and southern parts until Wednesday. The KMA warned of mudslides and collapsing embankments. A heavy rain advisory was issued for some parts of Gyeonggi, Chungcheong and North Gyeongsang provinces for Tuesday. The rains caused damage in many areas. Some 416 houses were flooded across the country, 322 in Seoul alone, according to the Ministry of Public Safety and Security.
This year's third typhoon Nan Madol is moving northwards, passing northeast of Taiwan as of 5 p.m. Monday with strong winds with a speed of 27 m/s. The KMA expects it to move east from waters south of Jeju and make landfall in Japan on Tuesday.