Hongkongers brace for more storms and high winds

Lull in bad weather expected for weekend, then back to thundery showers

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 April, 2014, 12:18pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 April, 2014, 6:09pm


Hongkongers are advised to stay indoors today as high winds reaching 70km/h and more thunderstorms are expected to hit the region.

The caution from the Observatory came today as the region was battered with a second hailstorm in a week last night and early this morning, with residents of northern New Territories reporting hailstones as large as one centimetre in diameter.

One Yuen Long resident reported to the Hong Kong Observatory that the hailstorm lasted about two minutes. At the same time a powerful thunderstorm spread across northern parts of the city.

The Observatory expects bright weather tomorrow with brief sunny periods on Saturday. Thundery showers will return on Sunday afternoon and will get worse on Monday though it is unlikely that the rainstorm would be as bad as Sunday, said senior scientific officer Lee Kai-ming from the Observatory.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department hoisted red flags at three beaches – Shek O and Big Wave Bay Beach on Hong Kong Island and Clear Water Bay Second Beach in Sai Kung – to advise people not to swim there due to big waves.

On Sunday, hailstones the size of golf balls battered Hong Kong as the most severe storm of the year hit the city.

As thunderstorms and gusts of wind up to 100km/h spread across the city, a freak hailstorm featuring hailstones of about three centimetres in diameter hit Wong Tai Sin, before spreading to areas including Yuen Long, Tsing Yi, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, Kowloon Tong and parts of the North District.

“It was like the end of the world out there for a while,” said Paul Kwok, who was having dinner in Tsuen Wan when the hailstorm hit.

“Hail was raining down causing people to run for shelter. It stopped after about 10 minutes.”