Hong Kong Observatory issues third amber rainstorm warning in a week amid heavy downpour

Hong Kong Observatory issues third amber rainstorm warning in a week amid heavy downpour

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Hongkongers woke up to heavy downpours on Tuesday as the city’s weather forecaster issued the third amber rainstorm warning in a week.

The warning issued at 8.30am indicated that heavy rain, exceeding 30 millimetres in an hour, had fallen or was expected to fall over the city and was likely to continue.

“There will be flooding in some low-lying and poorly drained areas. People who are likely to be affected should take necessary precautions to reduce their exposure to risk posed by the heavy rain and flooding,” the Observatory said.

The first and second amber rainstorm warnings of the year were issued last Thursday and Saturday.

The weather forecaster added that heavy rain might cause flash floods, and residents should stay away from the shoreline.

Hong Kong told to brace for more wet weather in week ahead

It said a thunderstorm warning issued at 4:45am would remain in force until 10:45am.

Squally thunderstorms were also expected, with intense gusts reaching 70km/h (43mph).

Intense thundery showers associated with a trough of low pressure were affecting the coastal areas of Guangdong province, the forecaster said.

It said the weather would remain unsettled with occasional showers and thunderstorms in the next few days.

Temperatures for the coming nine days were expected to range between 22 and 31 degrees Celsius (71 and 88 Fahrenheit).

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