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article imageTyphoon Chanthu strikes Hong Kong, worst flooding in 30 years

By Kim I. Hartman     Jul 23, 2010 in World
Hong Kong - Typhoon Chanthu, reported to be one of the worst storms to strike Hong Kong in 30 years, flooded 3,000 homes yesterday and is now moving across southeast China. At least one person was killed in the flooding.
Torrential rains slammed Hong Kong yesterday, washing away a man and flooding villages, just a couple of hours after the Hong Kong Observatory lifted warnings for tropical storm Chanthu.
The intense, heavy rain system struck dozens of villages in Tai Pom which caused flooding in over 3000 homes and resulted in at least one death. Rescue workers came to assist the thousands of families who had been trapped by flood waters for hours.
Motorists and workers were caught by surprise in the raging torrent, (additional video footage) which caused traffic to come to a standstill throughout the city.
A Government Flying Service helicopter was called in to assist the search following reports that a person had been swept away, in what is said to be the worst flooding in 30 years. Residents raced for high ground until the storm had passed.
The Hong Kong Observatory first issued an amber warning yesterday afternoon but then shifted to the red and black warning signals. All rainstorm signals were lowered at 9pm.
The four-lane Choi Hung Road's Sun Po Kong (shown in the pictures and this video) section was closed for 1 1/2 hours from 6.30pm. Bus passengers were trapped by the meter-deep floodwater and police and fire department rescue teams were called in to assist.
Typhoon Chanthu landed on the western coast of Guangdong at 2pm yesterday. Meteorologists at the Observatory expect Chanthu to move northwest at about 14 kilometers per hour and weaken gradually.
More rain is expected in Hong Kong over the weekend. Chanthu is bearing down on China today with even more heavy rains, flood damage as well as danger of loss of life anticipated by police and fire rescue teams throughout this region.
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