Date
10 December 2018
A waterspout in seen from Lido Beach approaching Ting Kau Bridge sometime after 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Photo: HKEJ/Internet
A waterspout in seen from Lido Beach approaching Ting Kau Bridge sometime after 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Photo: HKEJ/Internet

Waterspout spotted near Ting Kau Bridge amid rainstorm

A waterspout was spotted near Tsuen Wan on Wednesday morning as inclement weather prevailed in Hong Kong. 

According to the Hong Kong Observatory, the waterspout, a funnel-like cloud over a body of water, emerged sometime after 11 a.m. near Ting Kau Bridge, a long, cable-stayed bridge that spans the northwest of Tsing Yi Island and Tuen Mun Road.

Online video clips showed the waterspout reaching the nearby Lido Beach off Castle Peak Road at around 11:35 a.m., and an empty canoe on the beach could be seen being tossed around, RTHK reported.

It disappeared after it moved southwards for about a minute. The Observatory said it was a not-so-strong one.

The natural phenomenon, which is not an uncommon sight during the rainy season in the summer, came as the city was hit by heavy rains.  A red rainstorm warning was issued at 6:40 p.m.

The Observatory said a trough of low pressure is bringing thundery showers to the coast of Guangdong and the northern part of the South China Sea, and is expected to trigger rains and thunderstorms in the coming days, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

A landslide was reported along Fan Kam Road near the site of the former Fire Services Training School at around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

No people or vehicles were affected, but both lanes of the road were closed to allow cleaning work.

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