Waterspout spotted in Hong Kong as forecaster cancels amber rainstorm alert

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The Hong Kong Observatory cancelled an amber rainstorm warning nearly fours hours after it was issued on Sunday, with strong winds and heavy rain earlier disrupting transport while a waterspout was spotted off Clear Water Bay.

The amber warning was cancelled at 1.45pm after the alert was sent out at 10am. The weather forecaster had earlier warned of “violent” gusts of winds, with flooding in some low-lying and poorly drained areas expected.

Wind speeds of 105km/h and 100km/h were recorded at Green Island – off the northwest coast of Kennedy Town – and Cheung Chau respectively at around 11.05am.

The waterspout was spotted in Clear Water Bay. Photo: Facebook/ Cheung WingWing

The Observatory said the waterspout was reported around 9.30am at Clear Water Bay in the New Territories. Waterspouts are fast-rotating air columns above water that extend down from the base of clouds.

In Mid-Levels, a fallen tree resulted in the Peak Tram halting services in the afternoon, with the operator saying it was working to clear the debris as fast as possible.

Across Victoria Harbour in Ho Man Tin, a section of Wylie Road was closed off to traffic in the morning because of fallen trees, although it later reopened, the Transport Department said.

On the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, the speed limit on all lanes was lowered to 50km/h.

The department urged motorists to allow for more travelling time and to take extra care while driving.

Hong Kong Observatory issues second amber rainstorm warning this week

The amber warning indicates heavy rain has fallen or is expected to fall generally over the city, exceeding 30mm in an hour, and is likely to continue.

After the amber alert was issued, the Observatory sent out another warning five minutes later, saying: “Violent gusts may affect Hong Kong, seek safe shelter immediately if you are staying outdoors.”

The city is also set to face a rainy week ahead brought by a trough of low pressure that will affect the coastal areas of Guangdong.

The Observatory, in a string of reminders, called on residents to exercise caution as an area of intense thundery showers over western Guangdong was gradually moving eastward and expected to affect the vicinity of the Pearl River Delta.

Residents brave the rain in Mong Kok. The city can expect unsettled weather for the rest of the week. Photo: Sam Tsang

The unstable weather also triggered a three-hour amber rainstorm warning on Saturday night, the second such alert in a week.

According to the latest nine-day forecast, there will be heavy showers at times and squally thunderstorms between Sunday and Tuesday.

There will be fewer showers midweek as the trough of low pressure gradually weakens, but the city is expected to only see sunny intervals next Monday.



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