(ATTN: ADDS info on rainfall in Seoul)
SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Yonhap) -- Up to 170 millimeters of rain battered the country's central region, including the capital area, on Monday, the weather agency said, flooding homes, buildings and other properties.
The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) issued heavy rain watches earlier in the morning across the capital and the western port city of Incheon as well as northern parts of Gyeonggi Province that surrounds Seoul and northern Gangwon Province.
Such advisories are issued when precipitation is predicted to surpass 60 millimeters in a span of three hours or 110 mm in 12 hours.
In Yeoncheon, 62 kilometers north of Seoul, 171 mm of rain had fallen as of 3 p.m., as well as 87.9 mm in Incheon, the KMA said. In Seoul, about 60 mm of rain fell, while there was 78.5 mm of rain in Cheorwon, about 71 kilometers northeast of Seoul.
Heavy downpours hit Seoul especially later in the day, causing flooding and blackouts in some regions, with residents in low-lying areas evacuating for safety. Sections of subway lines were forced to halt.
As of 9 p.m., some stores at the express bus terminal in the southern Seoul district of Gangnam had been under water. There have been reports of water leaks at some facilities at the Convention and Exhibition Center in southern Seoul.
Casualties were not reported in those areas, but property damage occurred, including the displacement of two residents in Cheorwon.
Authorities also received numerous reports of submerged vehicles and farmlands, destruction of roads and fallen trees from the areas hit by the torrential downpours.
The weather agency earlier said the country's central regions and northern Gyeonggi Province are forecast to receive downpours combined with strong winds, thunder and lightning as a clash of cold and warm air masses produces a stationary front.
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