The Hong Kong Observatory issued the black rainstorm warning signal at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
This means that heavy rain has fallen or is expected to fall generally over the city, exceeding 70 millimeters in an hour, and is likely to continue.
All afternoon classes in all schools are suspended, while whole-day classes that are in session should continue until the end of school hours, the Education Bureau said.
Schools should ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home.
Meanwhile, the Social Welfare Department announced that all child care centers, centers providing after-school care programs, elderly services centers and day rehabilitation units, including sheltered workshops, integrated vocational rehabilitation services centers and day activity centers, remain open to take care of those at these facilities.
Because of seriously flooded roads and inclement weather conditions, everyone is advised to take shelter in a safe place and stay there, the Observatory said.
“Do not attempt to travel until the black rainstorm warning signal is no longer in force and traffic conditions have improved,” it said.
Heavy rain will bring flash floods, people should stay away from watercourses where flooding is occurring or is expected to occur,
Residents living near rivers should stay alert to weather conditions and should consider evacuation if their homes may become flooded, the Observatory added.
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