Sting to Bailu's tail as it goes out with a bang

Local | Stella Wong 26 Aug 2019

Hong Kong was on the receiving end of thunderstorms, rainstorms and power outages at the weekend as Tropical Cyclone Bailu made landfall in Fujian yesterday morning.

"Around 4,000 lightning strikes were detected in three hours," said Lee Lap-shun, the Hong Kong Observatory's senior scientific officer.

The Standby Signal No 1 was canceled at 7.20pm yesterday, after it had been in force for more than 20 hours.

Bailu weakened from a severe tropical storm to a tropical storm after buffeting Fujian about 8am yesterday. As Bailu is expected to move west-northwest and further inland, the forecast calls for it to gradually dissipate today.

Early yesterday morning, rainstorms and thunderstorms affected the SAR, with power outages occurring in various buildings across different districts, including Sham Shui Po, Yau Ma Tei, Mong Kok, Cheung Sha Wan, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, Yuen Long and Tai Po.

A CLP Group spokeswoman said some buildings may have experienced outages from their main switches overloading.

The amber rainstorm warning was hoisted twice yesterday - between 12.50am and 2.40am, and from 11.30am to 2.45pm - while the thunderstorm warning was also raised twice: from 11.55pm on Saturday to 2.45am yesterday, and from 10.55am to 3pm.

Lee said it will be cloudy with occasional squally showers and thunderstorms today.

But the showers will ease off and give way to sunny intervals during the day.

Temperatures will range between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius, and there will be moderate to fresh southwesterly winds.

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