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Central regions hit by torrential downpour

South Korea (The Korea Herald) -- Heavy rain dampened the commutes of Koreans across the country as the work week began Monday.

A woman holds an umbrella in the rain as she walks through central Seoul, Monday. -- Photo Yonhap (AP)

Early in the morning, commuters in the capital city of Seoul were hit by a sudden shower of between 50 to 100 millimeters of rain, accompanied by strong winds. Over 150 millimeters of rain was expected for the rest of the day in parts of the region.

Around midday, the Korea Meteorological Administration released a heavy rain advisory in over 20 regions including Seoul and its satellite cities.

The KMA issues a heavy rain advisory when over 70 mm of rainfall continue for six hours or 110 millimeters of rainfall are expected to occur within 12 hours.

A heavy rain warning, a stronger alert, is issued when over 110 mm of precipitation is forecast for six hours or over 180 mm of rain for 12 hours. Over 240 mm of rain fell in Gangwon Province around lunchtime.

The downpour is expected to continue in Seoul, Gyeonggi Province, western Gangwon and western coastal areas into the night, the KMA said.

In eastern Gangwon, and the Chungcheong, Gyeongsang and Jeolla provinces, 30 to 80 mm of rain is forecast to fall. The rest of Korea will see milder rainfall of 5 to 40 mm.

(Latest Update July 11, 2017)

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