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Flooding may force 100,000 from west Canada homes

Cars and homes are submerged in flood waters in High River, Alberta. Calgary city officials say as many as 100,000 people could be forced from their homes due to heavy flooding. Photo: AP

Calgary city officials say as many as 100,000 people could be forced from their homes due to heavy flooding in western Canada, while mudslides have forced the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway around the mountain resort towns of Banff and Canmore.

Friday, 21 June, 2013, 3:03pm

Tornadoes strike Oklahoma City again, killing at least nine

Lightning strikes near storm chasers during a thunderstorm triggered by a tornado in Cushing, Oklahoma. Photo: Reuters

Eleven days after a tornado killed 24 people and destroyed hundreds of homes, Oklahoma City and its suburbs awoke yesterday to the aftermath of Round 2.

2 Jun 2013 - 11:04am

All rain, no gain for HKEx as storm alert halts trading

It was weather for ducks, not investors, in the city yesterday. The rainstorm warning was issued just after 4am. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong's first black rainstorm warning since 2010 forced the stock exchange to halt trading yesterday morning, resulting in lost turnover of more than 10 per cent for the world's biggest exchange operator.

23 May 2013 - 4:27am

Strong winds blow away smog but bring sand to Beijing

Beijing residents cover up as they brave the air pollution - and later thick dust and sand - yesterday. Photo: AFP

Strong winds swept through Beijing yesterday and cleared the air of smog that had blanketed it on Saturday, only to bring sand.

20 May 2013 - 7:14am

Warmer weather may be curbing spread of bird flu in China

A 31-year-old woman waves as she leaves a hospital in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, after making a full recovery from the H7N9 bird flu virus. Photo: Xinhua

Government measures and favourable weather may be limiting the spread of a deadly new bird flu, as the number of reported cases has dropped sharply this month, say health experts.

16 May 2013 - 4:43am

Strong winds wreak havoc across city

The truck driver suffered minor injuries to his face, hands and back and the left side of his vehicle was badly crushed. Photo: David Wong

A truck driver escaped serious injury when his vehicle was crushed by one of 10 shipping containers that tumbled from their stacks after being hit by strong winds in Tsing Yi yesterday.

1 May 2013 - 5:47am

Landslides from rain and aftershocks will impede Sichuan quake rescue efforts

Rescuers work to clear the debris after landslides on the Guanyan Mountain section of the S210 highway in quake-hit Baoxing county, Sichuan province. Photo: Xinhua

The Central Meteorological Observatory warned of the possibility for landslides or other “geological disasters” as a result of rain or aftershocks from the quake.

22 Apr 2013 - 4:14pm

HKT takes telecoms regulator to court over Apple's sim-locking

Apple denies sim-lock claim.

Apple recently took a pasting in People's Daily and other official mainland media for its trading practices. Now it is being criticised in Hong Kong for "anti-competitive practices" and for a "flagrant disregard" of the regulator for its own commercial gains.

6 Apr 2013 - 6:16am 1 comment

Pet lovers brave rain for Paw Paw walk

Dogs and their owners attend the Penfold Paw Paw Hoof Hoof Carnival at Penfold Park in Sha Tin. Photo: David Wong

Hundreds of dog lovers and their owners braved atrocious weather to attend the Penfold Paw Paw Hoof Hoof Carnival in Sha Tin.

31 Mar 2013 - 6:56am

Hong Kong prepares for rainy Easter Weekend

Occasional heavy rains and thunderstorms are expected over the weekend. Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

If you are spending your Easter weekend in town, prepare for rain and thunderstorms, according to a forecast made by the Hong Kong Observatory.

29 Mar 2013 - 11:57pm

Southern China braced for second battering by storms

Debris from a flattened factory in Dongguan. Photo: AFP

Most parts of southern China should expect another round of downpours, thunderstorms and gusty winds, the National Meteorological Centre said, with hailstorms also possible in several areas.

26 Mar 2013 - 4:45am

UN's top weatherman visits Hong Kong Observatory

David Grimes signs for students in TST. Photo: Edward Wong

"Most people are unhappy not about bad weather disrupting their time at work, but their time at play," said David Grimes, president of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), who is in Hong Kong for celebrations marking the 130th anniversary of its Observatory.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:40am

Prepare for more hailstorms, China's southern provinces warned

Hail storms damage houses in Guizhou. Photo: SCMP/ Xinhua

Southern China was warned on Friday to prepare for more heavy rain and hailstorms after at least 25 people died when severe weather lashed five provinces, including a “super-tornado” in one city and egg-sized hailstones.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:39pm

At least 9 die after hail and thunderstorms hit Dongguan

Hail and storms damaged buildings in Dongguan. Photo: Xinhua

Severe thunderstorms and heavy hail struck Dongguan on Wednesday - and are believed to have killed nine people and seriously injured two others.

22 Mar 2013 - 12:23am

Driest day in March for two decades

The dry monsoon winds of winter outdid themselves yesterday, driving relative humidity to the lowest level in more than two decades for a March day. At 1pm the hourly reading hit 23 per cent at the Observatory headquarters in Tsim Sha Tsui - a record low for the month since 1986.

6 Mar 2013 - 3:46am

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