Waterspout spotted in Hong Kong waters (with photos)

     The Hong Kong Observatory received a report from the public about the sighting of a waterspout near Kau Yi Chau at around 8am this morning (July 22). As indicated by the Observatory's weather radar at that time, the rain was particularly heavy over the region.

     Under the influence of an active southwesterly airstream, the weather in Hong Kong was unsettled with heavy rain and squally thunderstorms today, giving rise to the formation of the waterspout.

     Heavy rain was mainly confined to the southern part of Hong Kong this morning, shifting northward gradually to Kowloon and Sha Tin in the afternoon. From midnight last night till 4pm today, more than 150 millimetres of rainfall were recorded over the urban areas, and up to 300mm of rainfall over the western part of Hong Kong Island.

     The active southwesterly airstream is expected to persist over the coastal areas of Guangdong in the next few days and the weather will remain unsettled with occasional thundery showers. For the latest weather forecast, please refer to the following webpages:
www.weather.gov.hk/wxinfo/currwx/flw.htm (Local Weather Forecast) and
www.weather.gov.hk/wxinfo/currwx/fnd.htm (9-day Weather Forecast).

     In Hong Kong, waterspouts are most commonly seen during the rainy season between May and October. A waterspout was last spotted near Shek Pik on October 3, 2014. Since 1959, there have been a total of 33 cases of waterspouts sighted in Hong Kong.

Ends/Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Issued at HKT 19:20