Strong winds wreak havoc in Sabah
Published on: Saturday, September 14, 2019
By: Jimmy Goh, Stefyanie Myla Micheal
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Kota Kinabalu: Many parts of the State were lashed by 70km/hr winds and heavy rain since midnight Thursday, causing widespread damage to homes and vehicles as well as uprooting trees.

Two houses were badly damaged by strong winds at 11.30pm on Thursday at Jalan Kolam, Sri Gaya. A resident identified only as Kenny, 34, said their car porch roof was blown away after an hour of strong winds.

“As a result, some part of the house was exposed to rain,” he said. Another resident, David Lee, 48, had to repair his roof after about a dozen tiles were blown away. The strong wind lasted about an hour. I heard a loud noise from the rooftop and before I knew it, rain started pouring into the house,” he said.

Meanwhile, some 100 lanterns in Foh Sang were lashed by the strong wind occurred at the same time. 

Lanterns were also scattered all over the road in Foh Sang and some were seen near the traffic light. At 4.30pm Friday, two vehicles were hit by uprooted trees in Tg Lipat.

Another vehicle also damaged in a similar incidet at 4.30pm when a Honda HRV driven by a 40-year-old woman with two of her kids believed to be heading towards Inanam was hit by an uprooted tree some 150 metres from City Mall.

The tree hit the back of the car but all three victims were unscathed. Sabah Meteorological Department Director Ambun Dindang said the bad weather was due to a squall line along the South China Sea.

“Squalls can trigger a sudden gust of strong winds and heavy rain. We expect this phenomena to last about an hour,” he said, adding the department issued a first category warning at 2pm.


 Some of the houses with damaged rooftops.

He said the 11.30pm Thursday storm recorded wind speeds of about 70km per hour and the public are advised to avoid open sea as rough waves could be dangerous to small boats, recreational sea activities and water sports.

According to City Hall, as of 6.21pm Friday there were 37 uprooted cases reported and 32 had been cleared.

Fire and Rescue Department was also kept busy as they had to cut and remove uprooted trees that blocked many roads and hit a number of vehicles No casualties or injuries reported from Kudat, Beaufort, Lintas, Kota Kinabalu, Penampang and Sook firestations at 8pm press time.


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