Soaking rains fell across southeastern China, including Hong Kong, Thursday into Friday heightening concerns for flash flooding from any further rainfall over the weekend.
While the week started on a relatively dry note, a cold front brought drenching rainfall to parts of southeastern China Wednesday into Friday.
Rainfall amounts in excess of 2 inches fell across parts of Guizhou and Hunan as the cold front slowly pressed to the southeast Wednesday into Thursday.
The front brought the heaviest rainfall further south, to areas near Hong Kong Thursday and Friday (local time). Rainfall amounts of 1.00-2.00 inches have already fallen on the area with some additional downpours possible into this weekend.
Additional showers and thunderstorms falling on already saturated ground will increase the threat for flash flooding, especially in low-lying and poor-drainage areas, and landslides along the slopes of the higher terrain.
Wanenchak also pointed out that Hong Kong is in the midst of an abnormally wet stretch of weather ahead of its rainy season.
Flooding in Hong Kong from Saturday, June 7, 2008, created this scene. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
"[Hong Kong] was really dry to start the year, but the rain has been way above normal since mid-March," Wanenchak stated.
Rainfall from Jan. 1 to March 15 was held to under 6 mm (0.24 of an inch) but totaled 325.6 mm (12.82 inches) from March 15 to April 23.
Another cold front will push across southeast China early next week bringing the threat for another round of locally heavy rainfall.
Meteorologist Eric Leister contributed to this story.
A new tropical threat may loom for the Caribbean and North America in the not-too-distant future, while eight more weeks remain in the Atlantic hurricane season.
The greatest danger of flooding across the central United States will unfold in western Texas, where downpours will be most persistent into Monday.
Fall air has finally arrived in the northeastern United States and may yield the first frost of the season in parts of the region this weekend.
Typhoon Megi will continue to strengthen before threatening lives and property across Taiwan and eastern China this week.
Gusty winds will accompany a push of chilly air across the Great Lakes from Sunday night through Tuesday.
The first windstorm of the season could blast the northern United Kingdom around Tuesday as Karl arrives.
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