Hong Kong braces for extended period of rainfall as falling trees pose increased hazards

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22nd April 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong Observatory issued an Amber Rainstorm Warning early yesterday, which remained in effect for nearly four hours as the region was hit by heavy downpours and squally thunderstorms. The storm brought gusts of wind reaching speeds of up to 105 kilometres per hour in some areas, alongside widespread rainfall exceeding 50 millimetres, with some parts of Hong Kong Island recording over 70 millimetres.

The severe weather conditions have led to multiple trees being uprooted. In Ho Man Tin, a 10-meter tall tree fell, crushing vehicles and narrowly missing a firefighter. Meanwhile, another significant tree collapse occurred on the tram tracks at The Peak, causing a cessation of service. In an alarming incident at Ap Lei Chau, the collapse of a tree narrowly avoided causing injuries.

The Observatory anticipates that the low-pressure trough affecting the Guangdong coast will continue to bring heavy rain and stormy weather to the region over the next few days. The unstable conditions are expected to persist into the middle and latter parts of the week, with occasional showers and thunderstorms.

This prolonged bout of inclement weather is expected to last for the next nine days, with temperatures fluctuating between 24 and 31 degrees Celsius. Residents are advised to exercise caution, particularly when outdoors, as the risk of falling trees remains high.