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  • The Observatory launches new Announcements in the Public Interest (API) on thunderstorms and tropical cyclone swells

  • Friday, 15th May 2015

The Hong Kong Observatory launches two new TV and radio Announcements in the Public Interest (API) on threats of thunderstorms and tropical cyclone swells today (May 15) to raise public awareness of preventing disaster arising from inclement weather.

Both TV APIs adopt a combination of cartoon animation and real scene filming in their production. The API "thunderstorms" introduces three possible threats caused by thunderstorms, namely lightning, squalls and hail. Public should stay tuned to the Observatory for thunderstorm warnings and related information, including the areas being affected, when engaging in outdoor activities and should take appropriate precautions.

The API "swells" illustrates the danger of swells caused by tropical cyclones, which can easily be overlooked. Swells can develop into huge waves when approaching the coast. Public should stay tuned to the Observatory's forecast and warning messages on swells. Keep away from the shore and stop all water activities if necessary.

The two new TV APIs are now available at the Observatory webpage and can be viewed at the following links:

Thunderstorms

Tropical Cyclone Swells

Last revision date: <15 May 2015>