I decided to walk down the hill to one of the smaller markets in the area, rather than take a bus to Lotte Mart or E-Mart, the big Wal-Mart style markets. Of course, by the time I returned to my apartment, despite having an umbrella, I was completely drenched from the waist down, thanks to the wind which seems to blow constantly near the university, plus it was pouring. Numerous kids were out and about, enjoying splashing through the puddles. At the bottom of the hill, where the terrain is flatter, the storm drains were unable to handle all the rain; water was gushing from the man-hole covers and the intersection was about ankle-deep in rising waters. Thus, I would guess, the lower, flatter parts of Yeosu are probably getting flooded.
The rain has let up for now and radar shows that it’ll probably stay that way for a while. As of 1 p.m., the weather site shows Yeosu has had 283 millimeters of rain since midnight. That’s more than 11 inches, which, if accurate, means that we’ve had more precipitation in half a day than many parts of Montana get in a year. Accurate or not, we’ve had one hell of a lot of rain. The nearest in total to us are the nearby cities of Namhae (199 mm), Masan (123 mm) and Goheung (93 mm). Really, unbelievable. I’ll have more later.