[VIDEO] Shopping Malls & MTR Stations Flood As Hong Kong Hit By Worst Rainfall Since 1884
Hong Kong has been deluged with the heaviest rainfall it has seen in 140 years, causing widespread flooding across the Asian financial hub
According to Al Jazeera, authorities have ordered schools shut and told workers to stay at home today, 8 September, due to extreme weather conditions.
Video clips showing water surging across streets, shopping malls, and metro stations have been widely circulated on social media.
It was reported that the city's cross-harbour tunnel, one of the main links between Hong Kong island to Kowloon, was also inundated with water.
Hong Kong's weather bureau issued its highest 'black' rainstorm warning at 11.05pm on Thursday, 7 September
The Hong Kong Observatory reported hourly rainfall of 158.1mm at its headquarters late on Thursday night, the highest since records began in 1884.
"Heavy rain will bring flash floods, and flooding is occurring or is expected to occur in watercourses," the observatory warned.
"Residents living in close proximity to rivers should stay alert to weather conditions and should consider evacuation if their homes may become flooded," it added.
The agency forecasts the rain to "ease off gradually" by tonight
It added that the torrential rain was brought by remnants of Typhoon Haikui, which hit the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian on Tuesday, 5 September.