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Sabah to feel effects of Jangmi today
Published on: Wednesday, December 31, 2014
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KOTA KINABALU: Tropical storm Jangmi is expected to reach Sabah's east coast today (Wednesday) with maximum sustained winds of 60kph and bringing with it waves of up to 4.5metres in Sandakan, Kudat, the West Coast and interior.According to State Meteorological Department Director Malek Tussin, the storm would cause heavy rain in certain areas in the State and is expected to continue until Thursday.

"Jangmi is currently moving west northwest and will be within 430km off Pitas, Kudat, on Wednesday.

"Kudat, West Coast, the Interior and Sandakan will experience stormy weather with rough seas until Thursday. This weather is dangerous to all shipping activities including ferry services and fishing activities.

"Tawau will experience strong winds and heavy rain up till Wednesday," he said.

Meanwhile, commenting on a message that went viral on social media claiming that the storm will pass through several districts in Sabah, Malek said while the first several paragraphs of the message were accurate, the last paragraph had been manipulated and should be dismissed outright.

In view of the impending storm, he advised that caution be taken at all times and to heed the message's recommendations.

The message among others instructed all district officers in Tongod, Pitas, Beluran, Kota Marudu, Kudat, Kota Belud, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Keningau, Tenom, Beaufort and Nabawan to take the initiatives and meet with village heads in their respective districts.

It also instructed those living in flood-prone areas to be ready with enough food supply for two weeks, keep their important documents in a safe place, move out as soon as water reaches two feet deep or 0.75 metre, follow instructions from the relevant authority and ensure they have enough batteries for communication equipment.

Meanwhile, Daily Express received many calls on the veracity of photos of sea snails flooding the beach allegedly in Kuala Penyu and of garden snails climbing up a tree, supposedly in Kota Belud, widely spread over social media.

Some interpreted it as animal ability to foresee imminent danger such as sudden changes in weather or, worse, a tsunami. However, it could not be determined whether the photos were real or made up using computer software by irresponsible people.


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