On June 26, Chongqing, Qingdao and several other places in China were hit by heavy rain, causing severe flooding.

From 20:00 to 23:00 on the 26th, a heavy downpour occurred in more than 37 districts of Chongqing, and severe flooding occurred in some areas.

At 11:20 pm, the Chongqing Meteorological Observatory upgraded the “yellow” heavy rain warning signal to an “orange” warning. From midnight until 7:00 am the next day, the City Meteorological Observatory issued six warnings of impending severe wet weather. An online video showed some streets in Chongqing flooded, cars submerged, and garages of some residential communities flooded.

Heavy rain also occurred in Qingdao, Shandong. The online video showed that vehicles on the road, even buses, became trapped, and many cars were washed away by rushing water. Some buildings developed serious water leaks, with people becoming trapped. In many parts of Qingdao, the water was waist-deep.

At 17:45 on June 26, Qingdao Meteorological Observatory upgraded the orange rainstorm warning signal to a red rainstorm warning signal. At that time, more than 100 mm of rainfall fell in Pingdu, Jiaozhou, Jimo, and Chengyang in Qingdao. It’s expected that on the 27th, heavy rain will continue in most Qingdao areas.

The online video shows some roads in Jimo city, Qingdao, where accumulated water blocked many vehicles; a red car plunged into the water, and the driver then turned off the engine and floated. 

On June 26, the Shandong Meteorological Observatory also issued orange warnings for heavy rain, orange for strong winds, and yellow for thunder.

It rained heavily in the afternoon of the same day in Gaomi City, Shandong Province. Jimu News reported that a netizen near Qingnian Road, Gaomi City, Weifang City, started a live broadcast and shared the deluge situation online with other netizens at about 3 pm that day.

As seen in the video, the street is flooded with rain, which is getting heavier. Rainwater poured into the first floor of the shops on both sides of the road, causing furniture to become waterlogged. With the water almost knee-high, staff quickly turned off the main power switch in the store and piled valuables as high as they could. Next door, a man pushed an electric car into his house to save it.

At 6 pm on the 26th, the Central Meteorological Observatory issued a yellow thunderstorm warning, forecasting heavy to extremely heavy rain in 14 provinces and cities from 8 pm on 26th to 8 pm on 27th. Some places had significant downpours (100-150 mm, locally up to 200 mm).

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