Tropical Storm Haima sends trees tumbling

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 June, 2011, 12:00am


Strong winds from Tropical Storm Haima felled at least 55 trees across the city yesterday, injuring one person, officials said.

The storm moved towards western Guangdong last night and was expected to make landfall near Maoming . At midnight, it was 240 kilometres south-southwest of Hong Kong.

The Observatory said squally showers, heavy at times, were likely in the city overnight and this morning. The rain would ease off gradually later in the day.

The Observatory raised the No 3 strong wind signal early yesterday morning. Kindergartens and special schools were closed.

The Development Bureau reported 87 cases of trees or branches falling throughout the city. A woman was injured when a 20-metre tree fell on a car heading downhill near the AIA Building in Stubbs Road, Wan Chai, about 10.30am. The woman, 44, a passenger in the car, was taken to Ruttonjee Hospital for treatment.

Stubbs Road was closed to allow the tree to be removed. It reopened at about 1 pm. The government's Tree Office said the tree was a Jambolan plum growing on private land.

Tree falls were also reported in Mount Davis Road, Pedder Street in Central and Fanling yesterday. No one was hurt in any of these incidents.