Amber rainstorm warning raised over HK

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Rain falls over Victoria Harbour (File photo)

The Hong Kong Observatory has raised the Amber rainstorm warning over the city and also warned of possible flash floods in the northern New Territories.

The Observatory issue the Amber Rainstorm Warning Signal at 1:20 p.m. which meant that heavy rain had fallen or was expected to fall generally over Hong Kong,” exceeding 30 millimetres in an hour, and is likely to continue.”

“There will be flooding in some low-lying and poorly drained areas. 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 Observatory said.

At 2:25 p.m. the Observatory also issued a Special Announcement on Flooding in the northern New Territories.

It said heavy rain was affecting the northern part of the New Territories, “especially in Sheung Shui” with more than 70 millimetres of rainfall being recorded since 1:25 p.m. to 2:25 p.m.

“Residents in the northern New Territories, who are likely to be affected, are advised to take necessary precautions to avoid possible flood damage. Heavy rain may bring about flash floods,” the Observatory said.

“People should stay away from watercourses. They should also pay attention to the flood sirens if they are nearby,” it added.

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