The Hong Kong Observatory has issued the “red” rainstorm warning signal, upgrading it from “amber”, following a heavy downpour in the city early Wednesday.
The red signal, issued at 9:15 am, means that heavy rain has fallen or is expected to fall generally over Hong Kong, exceeding 50 millimeters in an hour, and is likely to continue.
Further heavy rain could cause, if not already caused, serious road flooding and traffic congestion and could disrupt normal school hours.
Parents, students, school authorities and school-bus drivers should listen to radio or television announcements for advisories relating to school operations.
The Education Bureau advised schools to implement contingency measures to ensure the safety of students. Classes which are in session should continue until the end of school hours.
School authorities should ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home, the bureau said.
Meanwhile, people who have to travel should carefully consider the weather and road conditions and take necessary precautions.
Heavy rain could bring flash floods, authorities warned, adding that flooding is occurring or is expected to occur in watercourses.
People should stay away from watercourses. Residents living in close proximity to rivers should stay alert to weather conditions and consider evacuation if their homes are at risk of getting flooded.
Meanwhile, those with duties to perform during rainstorms should be at their duty stations.
Authorities advised the public to keep themselves informed about traffic conditions by monitoring radio and television announcements.
The government will make further announcements on the rainstorm as and when necessary.
The Observatory hoisted the amber rainstorm warning signal at 6:40 am, before upgrading the warning two-and-a-half hours later.
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