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Hong Kong Hit by Electrifying Overnight Lightning Barrage of Around 10,000 Strikes

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The nocturnal skies over Hong Kong erupted into a mind-blowing strobe light spectacle overnight as a ceaseless lightning bombardment set the city’s streets pulsing with bursts of crackling electricity.

In a truly electrifying onslaught, Hong Kong’s weather guardians recorded a stratospheric 9,437 ferocious lightning bolts striking terra firma between dusk on Tuesday and Wednesday’s dawn rapture. The arcane forces of nature were in no merciful mood.

The ominous deluge began around the witching hour of 9 PM as the first flashes started weaving their way through the city’s dense cloud canopy. But it was the subsequent 60 minutes that opened the outrageous floodgates – an unrelenting 5,914 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes battered the territory in that single hour alone.

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The New Territories region east of the mainland’s concrete jungle bore the explosive brunt of nature’s tantrum. But the iconic skyline across Hong Kong’s famous island refused to be upstaged, its lofty residential towers ablaze in Mother Nature’s crazed luminescent spectacular.

As the mesmerizing lightning frenzy reached its frenzied crescendo, the rains joined the fray in unison. Torrential downpours gushed across Hong Kong, transforming roads into rivers and drenching all those unlucky enough to be caught in the typhonic madness.

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Amidst this cavalcade of atmospheric chaos, mere human operations and infrastructure buckled under nature’s furious primordial forces. Hong Kong’s international aviation hubwas thrown into disarray as flights faced extensive weather delays.

In Sai Kung district, apocalyptic gusts of wind whipped violently at a large improvised bamboo opera theatre, threatening to reduce the ornate structure to toothpicks in videos spread feverishly across social media.

While the city’s residents are no strangers to thunderstorm chaos each April as monsoon season brews its humid cauldron, even the most hardened meteorological veterans were left awestruck at the sheer ferocity of Tuesday night’s bedlam.

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The Hong Kong Observatory remained on high alert, warning that the zany onslaught of electrical pyrotechnics and bucketing rain could persist into Thursday, putting holiday celebrations in jeopardy as China’s Golden Week tourism period kicked off.

Plans for an official pyrotechnic lightshow on Wednesday evening aimed at welcoming mainland visitors remained in limbo, with organizers likely pondering whether the night’s earlier mind-blowing lightning showcase had already stolen the heavens’ thunder.

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Mezhar Alee
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Mezhar Alee is a prolific author who provides commentary and analysis on business, finance, politics, sports, and current events on his website Opportuneist. With over a decade of experience in journalism and blogging, Mezhar aims to deliver well-researched insights and thought-provoking perspectives on important local and global issues in society.

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