Rain dowsed Hong Kong yesterday causing street flooding and prompting the city’s weather service to raise a black storm warning, the second time the highest alert has been triggered this year.
The Hong Kong Observatory also issued warnings for winds as strong as 100 kilometers (62 miles) an hour, and for thunderstorms, according to postings on its website and Twitter feed. Those cautions are still in effect.
Flooding was reported in the Central, Wan Chai, Wong Tai Sin, Sai Kung and Tseung Kwan O districts, government broadcaster RTHK said on its website. There were also landslides in the Sai Kung and Tseung Kwan O districts.
A black rainstorm warning was raised on March 30, when hailstones shattered windows, including part of the glass facade at Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust’s Festival Walk mall in the Kowloon Tong area.
Yesterday’s black storm alert was in effect from 10:30 p.m. to 11:40 p.m. local time. All rainstorm alerts were canceled at 2:05 a.m. this morning. More than 70 millimeters of rain fell between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. in many parts of the city, the South China Morning Post reported.
The city’s Cross-Harbour Tunnel was flooded with several inches of rain, the Hong Kong-based newspaper said on its website, citing a video posted online. Buses broke down in the Causeway Bay district, it said.