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  1. Sport - Tennis

    Rain postponement gives Roger Federer a lucky break at US Open

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 10:03pm by AFP

    ... which had been interrupted due to rain and the threat of lightning. It was a good match and I managed to turn it around as Marcel was on fire at the start Roger Federer Federer, bidding ...

  2. Airport considers switching to new lightning-detection system

    Posted Jul 18th 2008, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man The airport could switch to a lightning-warning system adopted by the Observatory if its reliability is proven by the end of the rainy season. The Airport Authority ... forecasts lightning strikes more accurately than the old one, which means warning periods are shortened- causing less inconvenience for ground crews and passengers. Combined with its heightened ...

  3. New warning service on lightning

    Posted May 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Scarlett Chiang Swimming pool operators, scouts and hikers are among the groups who could benefit from an Observatory website that issues an alert if there has been lightning within 15km ... lightning would affect only isolated areas. 'The alert will be convenient for people who need to monitor the weather at outdoor activities,' she said. 'The warning could be given ...

  4. Poor oversight and design caused wreck, report says

    Posted Dec 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in control equipment and an improper response to lightning that melted a fuse relating to signalling. Fifty-five people have been named responsible. The conclusions, by an investigative team ... self-criticism' to the State Council. The lightning strike melted a fuse in the traffic control system at Wenzhou South Station. The system's software picked up the malfunction but failed ...

  5. Lightning Bolt strikes gold and sets new mark

    Posted Aug 17th 2008, 12:00am by Peter Simpson

    ... Peter Simpson in Beijing The Lightning Bolt struck the 'Bird's Nest' last night and set the Olympic history books on fire with a new world record in the men's 100 metres final. Not only did Usain Bolt sizzle across the line in 9.69 seconds to claim the gold medal in the glamour event and an Olympic first for Jamaica, he started his celebrations several ...

  6. Lightning detectors to pinpoint strikes

    Posted Feb 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Internet users in the Pearl River Delta will be able to track lightning strikes quickly and accurately when five monitoring stations are built next year. Joseph Poon Hoi-to, senior scientific officer of the Hong Kong Observatory, said it was intended people could learn the location of a lightning strike - to an accuracy of 500 metres - within a minute of it occurring. ...

  7. Lightning ride for champion jockey

    Posted Jan 20th 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... jetted into Melbourne on Tuesday to prepare for the Group One Lightning Stakes at Flemington on February 4. Trainer David Oughton had been fielding a number of offers from top Australian riders for the mount, and had actually asked former Hong Kong club jockey Craig Williams, who's currently in second place on the Melbourne jockeys' premiership, to take the Lightning mount. ...

  8. Father drowns, four struck by lightning during storm

    Posted Aug 21st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the thunderstorm, four men survived being struck by lightning while working outside an aeroplane maintenance depot. The fatal accident took place at 2pm as the family of three were hiking along the Tai ... by lightning while working at the South Perimeter Road depot. The four were working under the wing of an aeroplane when they were hit. They were taken to Princess Margaret Hospital where three were ...

  9. Lightning sets two homes on fire

    Posted Aug 21st 2007, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo Hong Kong was hit by 426 lightning strikes between 7am and 9am yesterday, two of which were blamed for setting alight two village houses in the New Territories. The incidents occurred after the Observatory raised the thunderstorm warning at 5am. The main switch box inside a tin-sheet-built house in San Uk Leng burst into flames at about 7.48am. Villagers doused ...

  10. New station keeps tabs on lightning storms

    Posted Sep 08th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chester Yung in Huidong Weather forecasters from the Pearl River Delta have opened a fourth lightning-sensing station to better predict the behaviour of thunderstorms, which pose a growing ... lightning is occurring. ...




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