Date
29 March 2017
Waves crash into a seawall in Lei Yue Mun. Typhoon Nida lashed Hong Kong overnight but little damage was reported. Photo: RTHK
Waves crash into a seawall in Lei Yue Mun. Typhoon Nida lashed Hong Kong overnight but little damage was reported. Photo: RTHK

Strong winds to persist, flooding possible, warns Observatory

Gale force winds are likely to persist across Hong Kong and the Observatory is warning of potential flooding after raising the amber rainstorm alert.

The No. 8 storm signal, issued at 8.40 p.m. on Monday remained in place early Tuesday morning, RTHK reports, with the weather bureau saying a higher warning signal is possible.

Education officials suspended classes in all morning and and whole-day schools Tuesday, including kindergartens and schools for children with disabilities.

Typhoon Nida battered Hong Kong overnight but little damage was reported.

Authorities said gale force winds, gusting up to 100 kilometers per hour in Cheung Chau, forced more than 200 people into evacuation centers and felled 14 trees.

The Observatory said sea levels were above normal and there could be some flooding in some areas.

The storm ground much of Hong Kong’s public transport to a halt. Many bus services, ferries and flights were cancelled.

Nida made landfall on the Dapeng Peninsula in Shenzhen shortly before 4 a.m.

It is moving gradually to the inland areas of Guangdong, farther away from Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, the amber rainstorm warning went up at 5:20 a.m., meaning heavy rain has fallen or is expected to fall generally over Hong Kong, exceeding 30 millimetres in an hour, and is likely to continue.

The Observatory is warning that there will be flooding in some low-lying and poorly drained areas.

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