Hong Kong Issues Highest Storm Alert as Rain Dowses City

Rain doused Hong Kong yesterday, causing street flooding and prompting the weather bureau to raise a black storm warning, the second time the highest alert has been triggered this year.

The black storm alert was in effect from 10:30 p.m. to 11:40 p.m. local time yesterday, according to the Hong Kong Observatory. The observatory canceled an amber rainstorm warning, its lowest of three alerts, at 10:20 a.m. today, according to its website.

“The weather will remain unsettled with rain and squally thunderstorms,” according the website. “Rain will be heavy at times.” The observatory also warned people to stay alert to the dangers of river-flooding.

Flooding was reported in the Central, Wan Chai, Wong Tai Sin, Sai Kung and Tseung Kwan O districts, government broadcaster RTHK said on its website. There were also landslides in the Sai Kung and Tseung Kwan O districts.

A black rainstorm warning was raised on March 30, when hailstones shattered windows, including part of the glass facade at Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust’s Festival Walk mall in the Kowloon Tong area.

More than 70 millimeters of rain fell between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. in many parts of the city, the South China Morning Post reported. The city’s Cross-Harbour Tunnel was flooded with several inches of rain, the Hong Kong-based newspaper said on its website, citing a video posted online. Buses broke down in the Causeway Bay district, it said.

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