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Old June 2nd, 2006, 03:59 PM   #1
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Severe Rainstorms

Does your city get a huge deluge once in a while? Today, some parts of Hong Kong received about 300 mm of rain in 1 day, but that is still short of the record for a one-day rainfall amount for June, which was set on June 9, 1998 at 411.3 mm.









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Old June 2nd, 2006, 07:24 PM   #2
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That's an incredible amount of rain. Did the runoff from the mountainsides interfere with life down in the city?

We had a deluge one June day sometime in the late 1980s where it was heavy, heavy rain for two straight hours. It turned an entrenched expressway into a canal, hundreds of motorists had to scale firefighters' ladders to the service road above. The runoff from the long downpour completely broke up the asphalt and underlying layers of roadbed to the section of six-lane Atwater Avenue that has a sharp slope for a few hundred metres, that section was out of commission for at least a couple of months. Thousands of home basements were flooded.

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Old June 2nd, 2006, 09:31 PM   #3
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There was a lot of flooding in the city. Here is a news clip (in Cantonese) - http://app.hkatv.com/webtv/play.php?video_id=46869. It was the top story on the evening news.

Chaos as floodwaters sweep through SAR
Hong Kong Standard
Joyce Kam and Albert Wong
Saturday, June 03, 2006

Torrential rain has lashed Hong Kong, damaging roads, flooding homes, creating traffic congestion and disrupting classes.

Workers conducting repairs on roads and other structures will have to continue working in adverse conditions.

Cheng Chor-ming, senior scientific officer at the Hong Kong Observatory, said heavy showers are likely to continue over the weekend.

Commuters already late for work Friday would have been caught out by the sudden development of the rainstorms.

The amber rainstorm warning signal was issued at 10.35am, but swiftly developed into a red rainstorm warning signal 20 minutes later, lasting for almost four hours. The amber rainstorm warning signal resumed at 2.45pm and was cancelled at 3.30pm.

Landslide warnings were also hoisted.

Ting Kao village in Tuen Mun was badly hit when water more than a meter deep flooded homes. Firemen evacuated 10 residents and their pets. Two houses were severely damaged.

Heavy and persistent rain also damaged the surface of Wong Chuk Yeung Street, causing traffic diversions. The Highways Department is still making repairs.

Flooding along Castle Peak Road was waist high, causing a minibus to stall and trapping the 10 passengers, who had to be rescued by firemen. There were a total of 18 reports of flooding. Tai Kok Tsui, Tai Po, Tsuen Wan and Ching Lung Tau village were the worst affected. A 30-meter tree at Old Peak Road opposite the Ladies Recreation Club fell on a gas station around 3pm and residents nearby were evacuated. A women injured her head slightly during the evacuation.

Kai Tak Airport Tunnel in Kwun Tong was also flooded and had to be closed for a short period.

More than 150 millimeters of rain was recorded in the northern part of Lantau Island, Sha Tin, Tai Po and Sai Kung while more than 170mm was recorded at Tsuen Wan. There was a minor landslide on Ma On Shan, but no injuries.

Classes that were due to begin in the afternoon were suspended. Red flags were also hoisted on beaches across Hong Kong Island because of dangerous waves.

The Home Affairs Department's Emergency Co- ordination Centre has been opened. Shelters will be opened for people in need of temporary accommodation.

A red rainstorm warning was also raised in Macau, while amber warnings were raised in Shenzhen and Zhuhai.

Meanwhile, weathermen said rainfall in May totalled 431.5 millimeters, about 36 percent above the average of 316.7mm.

The rainfall since the beginning of the year was 733.1mm, about 19 percent above the average of 616.5mm. Total sunshine in May was 122.2 hours, 31.6 hours below normal.
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Old June 2nd, 2006, 09:58 PM   #4
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Damn, 300mm in a day!

The last storm I remember in London was sometime within the last 5-6 years, when trees were uprooted, and there was minor flooding, but nothing serious. (Caused by a night of heavy rainfall)
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Old June 2nd, 2006, 10:21 PM   #5
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lol, all that rain got here too, my balcony was making my room flood, im only a couple hundred kilometres from HK in panyu, its amazing how fast the rainstorms just stop and start and how hard they come down when they do, but it is very annoying that it hasnt really taken a break from raining for almost a week now
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Old June 2nd, 2006, 10:40 PM   #6
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In the Netherlands, on average it takes 4-5 months to get this much rain.
The record here is just over 200 mm in one day.
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 01:15 AM   #7
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In Mildura it takes 1.5 years!
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 02:08 AM   #8
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We have a special name for that kind of weather in Miami... "August".
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 03:44 AM   #9
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Some photos from today's rainstorm in Hong Kong :



































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411 mm in one day That is our annual average rainfall
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 06:34 AM   #11
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Think Bombay topped off the mother of all rainfalls last year when it got something ridiculous. Think it was nearly 1000mm of rainfall in 24 hours if I recall correctly; or somewhere thereabouts - anyways I was stuck in all that.
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 08:55 AM   #12
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The greatest 24 hour rainfall in the United States history was in the Houston, Texas suburbs with a total of 1,092mm or around 43 inches of rain falling in one day.
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 09:58 AM   #13
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yes I was there, in a bar drunk
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^Are you talking about Hurricane Allison in 2001?
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 12:41 PM   #15
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Townsville got a few years ago 560 mm in one day. It is believed that some suburbs received 700mm.
This highest daily rainfall this rain-season was around 170mm.
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I remember seeing the pictures from 2001 where the Houston freeways looked like canals. The record rainfall was actually back in 1974(?) I don't remember if that was the exact year, but it was the mid 70's during a small tropical storm. Obviously the rainfall made up for the relatively light winds. It seems those smaller tropical storms can sometimes dump far more rain than a large hurricane. Maybe they move slower...
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The greatest 24 hour rainfall in the United States history was in the Houston, Texas suburbs with a total of 1,092mm or around 43 inches of rain falling in one day.
Yep it was somewhere along those lines - think it might've been exactly 40 inches.

The problem with the rainfall in Bombay though was that the infrastruture there is so poor everything was completely flooded the city basically shut down for 2 days - including communications. Luckily I was at home, and hence sort of untroubled. However, my mum had gone to visit a friend at nearly the other end of Bombay, and whilst attempting to come back in a cab, there was a point where the vehicles just wouldn't move any further - think she ended up walking back home for bout an hour and a half or two.

My aunt, who lives in Bombay and was attempting to get back home from work, couldn't be contacted for 3 days, which was rather worrying. As it was though, she had nestled in a relatives home on that very same day.

And one of the worst things of all this was that I was dead bored, and wanted to come back to Hong Kong. My flight was initially scheduled to be a day or two after the rain fall, but as it ended up, I came back to Hong Kong two weeks late.
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Downpour hits New York, slowing commute and flooding roadways
2 June 2006

NEW YORK (AP) - A driving rain swept across New York on Friday, sending pedestrians scrambling for cover, flooding roadways and snarling subway lines at the height of the weekend rush hour.

By around 11 p.m., 2.33 inches of rain had fallen in Central Park, according to the National Weather Service, which warned of drainage problems and flooding on highways, streets and underpasses.

Service was suspended on several major subway lines in Queens because of flooded tracks, according to Deirdre Parker, a spokeswoman for NYC Transit, which runs the city's subways and buses.

Power had to be shut off at one station in the borough because water had reached the third rail, she said, and workers would have to shovel out mud and debris before electricity could be safely restored.

The water was just beginning to recede around 9 p.m., said Parker.

Flooding also caused problems at Manhattan's 96th Street station for the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 trains, at the 23rd Street No. 6 stop and at the Rector Street No. 1 train station, she said.

The weather also caused flight delays of up to two hours at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.

More rain was forecast for Saturday.
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Quote:
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Townsville got a few years ago 560 mm in one day. It is believed that some suburbs received 700mm.
This highest daily rainfall this rain-season was around 170mm.
One of the mountains near cairns (near mt bartle frere) is the thrid wetest place on Earth averaging around 13000 mm a year I belive, that is very wet :P
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Those pix were Crazy!! WOW!
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