The Taiping area in Conghua, Guangzhou city, was hit by a heavy rainstorm and tornado on June 16 evening.

Footage shows a lot of electric sparks everywhere the tornado sweeps with violent thunder. 

According to China media, NetEase, workers at the Conghua District Meteorological Bureau confirmed the tornado appeared on a small scale. The Taiping No. 2 Middle Weather Station, the nearest to the tornado, recorded a level 6 wind speed. 

According to witnesses at the scene, the tornado lasted about 3 minutes.

The heavy rainstorms and tornadoes damaged the power lines. As of 21:30 on June 16, more than 5,400 people were affected. Downed trees on the streets block traffic. The main affected areas were Taiping Development Zone, Taiping Village, Taiping Town along Jiangxi Road, and other areas. Currently. No casualties have been reported.

Besides, the recent heavy rainfall caused the water level of rivers in Guangzhou’s Pearl River basin to rise, causing severe flooding in multiple places in the city.

On June 15,  Fengshuba Reservoir, which is the second-largest reservoir in Guangzhou, opened all six gates to discharge floods. The water level in the lower part of the Dong river immediately rises much higher than the warning level. This is the once-in-a-century water level recorded in the Guangzhou section of the Pearl River. The video showed that the river overflowed the dam and poured into the urban area of Guangzhou. (video 0-0:34)

As of noon on June 15, many places in Guangzhou have been severely affected by the food. Many riverside facilities and riverside roads in Guangzhou are “sunk underwater.” The two riversides in Yuan Village and Haiyin Park have been flooded.

At about 9:00 on the 16th, the Guangzhou Municipal Emergency Management Bureau reported that the hydrological department issued a yellow flood warning in the central city of Guangzhou. It is expected that some parts of the Pearl River will reach the yellow warning water level of 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) at 13:30 on the 16th.

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