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Hong Kong weather

Amber storm warning cancelled after 90 minutes of heavy rain

An observatory spokesperson warned of flash floods and strong winds

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 April, 2016, 9:23am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 April, 2016, 10:05am

The Hong Kong Observatory has cancelled the amber storm warning after 90 minutes of heavy rainfall across the city.

The warning was issued at 8.20am and cancelled at 9.45am, but the observatory’s spokesperson said people should stay alert to the possibility of river flooding.

Earlier, the spokesperson had warned that there could be flooding in low-lying and poorly drained areas.

“Heavy rain may bring about flash floods. People should stay away from watercourses. People who are likely to be affected by flooding should take necessary precautions to avoid losses … and to reduce their exposure to risk posed by the heavy rain,” he said.

The spokesperson added that winds exceeding 90km/h were recorded at Lau Fau Shan, northwest New Territories at around 8.30am, and such gusts might continue to affect Hong Kong.

From 8.30am to 9.30am, rainfall was recorded across Hong Kong – especially in the New Territories, where rainfall generally exceeded 10mm. Rainfall exceeded 40mm at Kwu Ling in northeast New Territories, the heaviest in the city.

A thunderstorm warning was also issued at 7.40am. The observatory predicted today will be cloudy with a some showers, which will be heavy at times and a few squally thunderstorms. Visibility will be low today.