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Hong Kong Observatory cancels amber rainstorm signal, but wet weekend continues

For the month of August, 11 rainstorm signals of amber and above were issued

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 September, 2018, 8:19am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 September, 2018, 10:30am

The Hong Kong Observatory cancelled an amber rainstorm signal at 9.46am, after it was in place for more than two hours on Sunday.

Heavy showers and a few squally thunderstorms were forecast to continue, with sunny periods later in the day. Although the amber warning was cancelled, the Observatory said people should remain alert to dangers brought about by river flooding.

“There will be flooding in some low-lying and poorly drained areas,” it said in an earlier statement at 7.40am. “People who are likely to be affected should take necessary precautions to reduce their exposure to risk posed by the heavy rain and flooding.”

The amber signal means heavy rain has fallen or is expected to fall generally over Hong Kong, exceeding 30mm in an hour, and is likely to continue.

Last week the Observatory issued five amber signals. For the month of August, 11 amber rainstorm signals and above were issued, the highest total since June 2001, when there were 12.