A high-rise unit in Wok Tin Estate and Hei House in Tuen Mun was suspected to have been struck by lightning on Thursday morning (1st) under the warning of yellow rain and thunderstorms. According to the Observatory, 12,367 cloud-to-ground lightning flashes were recorded in Hong Kong on Thursday, and former Observatory Assistant Director Leung Wing-wu explained on the commercial station program today (2nd) that lightning is not a straight line, the route is random and unpredictable, although he has never heard of anyone injured by lightning in the cement stone, but he reminded him to pay attention to the time between lightning and thunder when "raining and collecting clothes".
He explained that if the distance between the two is less than 3 seconds, it means that the location of the lightning is very close to the place where the public is located, and it is better to browse the "Lightning Location Information Service" of the Observatory, and do not "collect your clothes" if the location of the lightning is very close to the location. He also mentioned that in addition to lightning rods and lightning protection systems, the steel and cement of the building also have lightning protection effects, and when lightning is carried out, indoor metal objects, including faucets, should not be touched for a short period of time.
The unit is suspected to have been struck by lightning and there is a fire (Facebook group developer Tuen Mun. Screenshot of the Aoyama Walk/Carol Tam video
12,367 cloud-to-ground lightning flashes were recorded on Thursday with the most in New Territories East
According to the Observatory's website, 12,367 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were recorded on Thursday, of which 5,783 occurred in the East New Territories, 2,706 in New Territories West where Tuen Mun and Tin Estate are located, 2,397 on Lantau Island and the remaining 1,481 in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
The Lightning Society sends vanguard troops to the road ahead, with random routes
Leung Rongwu explained on the commercial TV program today that the Lightning will send a "vanguard force" to open up the way ahead and choose the easiest direction to advance, except for the zigzag walking like this time, or even going upward, the route is random and unpredictable, so there will be a situation where the lightning rod may not be able to hit this time.
Former assistant director of the Observatory Liang Rongwu. (Profile picture)
Reinforced cement has lightning protection Liang Rongwu: It's good to open the main wall
However, Leung stressed that if he was indoors during the lightning, "basically nothing", he had never heard of anyone being injured by lightning in the cement stone: "Reinforced concrete can make lightning current enter the house... So it's better to break through the main wall." He pointed out that the lightning current will pass through the steel bars, and some metal objects in the room may be charged at that time, such as faucets, so they should not be touched for the time being.
Keep an eye on the location of lightning at the observatory Know if the lightning is located very close to your location
When asked whether there is a danger of "raining and collecting shirts" when thunder and lightning are walking, Leung Wing-wu pointed out that if the interval between lightning and thunder is less than 3 seconds, it means that the location of the lightning is very close to the place where the citizens are. He also reminded the Observatory website and mobile app "My Observatory" that there is a "Lightning Location Information Service", if the location of the lightning is very close to the residence, there is no emergency to "collect the shirt".
Be outside and take shelter indoors and carriages as soon as possible
As for being outdoors, Leung Rongwu bluntly said that he was resigned to fate, there were not many safety measures, except for the basics, do not hide under the big tree, you should go to the indoor and carriage as soon as possible, "The public likes to hike the mountain, and pay more attention to the location of the lightning, the lightning location is close to you, you should avoid."
A unit in Tuen Mun and Tin Estate was suspected to have been hit by electricity. (Facebook group developed Tuen Mun.) Aoyama Walk/Carol Tam video screenshot)
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