Amber Rainstorm Warning remains in effect as waterspout sightings reported in Clear Water Bay

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Picture source: Hong Kong Observatory

21st April 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong Observatory issued an Amber Rainstorm Warning at 10am, indicating that heavy rainfall is expected to persist, exceeding 30 millimetres per hour.

The Thunderstorm Warning, initially issued at 8.40am, has been extended until 1.30pm today due to the severity of the anticipated squally thunderstorms. Residents are advised to take necessary precautions and remain vigilant in the face of potential risks posed by the heavy rain and flooding.

Reports indicate that violent gusts measuring approximately 105 and 100 kilometres per hour were recorded at Green Island and Cheung Chau respectively, around 11.05am. These strong winds, reaching speeds of 90 kilometres per hour or higher, have the potential to impact Hong Kong.

In addition to the torrential rain and strong winds, a waterspout was spotted in Clear Water Bay at around 9.30am.

The Pearl River Estuary and its surrounding vicinity are currently experiencing intense thundery showers due to a trough of low pressure. As a result, the forecast for today predicts cloudy skies accompanied by heavy showers and severe squally thunderstorms. The southeasterly winds are expected to be moderate to fresh, with stronger gusts anticipated on higher ground.

Looking ahead, residents should anticipate occasional showers and squally thunderstorms in the coming days, with periods of heavier rainfall. Although the intensity of showers may subside midweek, there remains a possibility of scattered showers throughout the week.