HK braces for flash flooding as forecaster issues red and amber rain alerts, and education chiefs suspend afternoon schools

26-May-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Hong Kong’s Observatory issued a red rainstorm warning signal for the city at 10.35am on Monday. Afternoon sessions in schools have been suspended, and the forecaster said further heavy rain could cause serious road flooding and traffic congestion.

“Heavy rain will bring flash floods, and flooding is occurring or is expected to occur in watercourses,” it said. “People should stay away from watercourses.”

The signal was downgraded to amber about an hour later.

Hong Kong, Heavy Rain (SCMP)

Hong Kong, Heavy Rain (SCMP)

Hong Kong’s rainstorm warning system has three levels, amber, red and black, with black indicating the most serious rainstorm.

A red signal means heavy rain exceeds 50 millimetres in an hour, and is likely to continue. An amber signal means heavy rain has fallen, or is expected to fall over Hong Kong, exceeding 30 millimetres in an hour, and is likely to continue.

The Education Bureau announced that afternoon sessions in schools would be suspended, but morning sessions and classes in whole-day schools that were already taking place would continue as normal.



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