Like any place in the tropics, Hong Kong is subject to the occasional storm that will blow your mind. The streets get flooded or at the least have a layer of water and in these conditions slips, trips and falls are extremely possible.
Hong Kong weather
Typhoons have been regularly reported here and in the mid 1800s, with the population sky-rocketing, the effects of these powerful storms began devastating the livelihood and lives of people living in Hong Kong on a larger scale. Risks include mudslides, downed power cables and collapsed homes which can lead to serious injury and death.
In 1992 Hong Kong Observatory started raising Rainstorm Warning Signals in order to give a public alert of the risk of heavy rain. When you are visiting it is important to keep an eye on these signals, broadcast on TV and radio, as they will warn of any flooded areas or traffic congestion.
There are different colour-coded levels of warning but as a pedestrian be aware of all of them as even the lowest level will increase the risk of falling by a slip or trip.
The amber rainfall signal means that over 30 millimetres of rain has fallen or is predicted to fall over Hong Kong in one hour and will probably continue. Poorly-drained and low-lying areas will suffer some flooding and conditions will generally be more dangerous with greater risk of accident and injury.
The red rainfall means that over 50 millimetres of rain has fallen or is forecast to fall over Hong Kong in one hour and will probably continue. Authorities warn students not to leave class unless the school buildings seem unsafe, with risk of collapsing accidents.
The black rainfall signal means that over 70 millimetres of rain has fallen or is forecast to fall over Hong Kong in one hour and will probably continue.
This signal brings Hong Kong to a standstill as students are kept at school and everyone seeks shelter to avoid mudslide injuries. The authorities halt buses and suspend the Mass Transit Railway as the risk of flooding accidents is high.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice