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    What a strange change of weather. The forecast this morning was still full sun and then the forecast quickly changed to Thunderstorm Warning. Early hikers must have been fooled to go out believing it would be a similar day as the whole week has been. I was standing ready to go to the beach when I heard the thunder and re-checked the weather..
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobRoy:


    What a strange change of weather. The forecast this morning was still full sun and then the forecast quickly changed to Thunderstorm Warning. Early hikers must have been fooled to go out believing it would be a similar day as the whole week has been. I was standing ready to go to the beach when I heard the thunder and re-checked the weather..
    It's never a good idea to go hiking in summer: the risk of heatstroke and being struck by lightning,and flash floods too

    When I lived in HK I went swimming in summer and hiking in winter

    Lightning usually strikes higher ground and thunderstorms can come out of nowhere

    It's a tragedy though

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    Does the relevant Hong Kong authority explain the dangers of thunderstorms to hikers?

    If you go to e.g. Grand Canyon, you’ll see signs “do not hike in thunderstorm”

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    Seems odd, eh? Four folks hiking, one 'suspectedly' struck by a lightning bolt and the 3 others did not notice. Well, to be fair, perhaps the bolt was a small one although an average lightning bolt releases about 1 million volts of electricity.

    Rather like the man holding the smoking gun and is pronounced by the media to be the 'alleged' perpetrator.

    IMO, better this way than run-over by a taxi while biking with your kids.


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    Quote Originally Posted by snjt:
    Does the relevant Hong Kong authority explain the dangers of thunderstorms to hikers?

    If you go to e.g. Grand Canyon, you’ll see signs “do not hike in thunderstorm”

    The HKO will raise a Thunderstorm warning on their website, their app and other channels. Before doing any outdoor activity it's always advisable to check the conditions and any relevant warnings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aw451:
    The HKO will raise a Thunderstorm warning on their website, their app and other channels. Before doing any outdoor activity it's always advisable to check the conditions and any relevant warnings.
    I hike a lot in the area where this strike took place and always check the weather warnings during the summer. I'm not in HK right now but was it already rainy or did the storm come out of nowhere?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrancisX:
    I hike a lot in the area where this strike took place and always check the weather warnings during the summer. I'm not in HK right now but was it already rainy or did the storm come out of nowhere?
    It wasn't forecast well ahead of time and it was an odd storm, lots of thunder with no rain, suddenly tons of rain +wind for short period, then back to lots of thunder with light rain. Lightning strikes were difficult to see but there was a huge number of strikes (relative to size and duration):

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrancisX:
    I hike a lot in the area where this strike took place and always check the weather warnings during the summer. I'm not in HK right now but was it already rainy or did the storm come out of nowhere?
    Storm warning signal was raised at 01:45am according to the article
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    Quote Originally Posted by aw451:
    Storm warning signal was raised at 01:45am according to the article
    It speaks more about risk perception than anything. It was deceptively calm though and that’s what people look at. It frankly doesn’t matter how many alerts pop up, people won’t believe it until they see it.

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