Thursday, June 13, 2013

Penang storm havoc Thursday

In Penang, a thunderstorm caused havoc uprooting trees and causing gridlock on major roads this evening including jamming up the Penang Bridge.

The strong winds, which started at 7pm, blew off a 40m section of a pole located on top of the 21-storey Menara Umno in Macalister Road.
More on The Star..

Damaged cars after a section of a pole fell
 Road where the antenna fell


Traffic snarls were reported on both the island and mainland, including at the Esplanade, Weld Quay, Jalan Masjid Negeri, Jalan Sungai Pinang, Jalan Datuk Keramat and Jalan Tanjong Tokong as well as the bridge.

A 32-year-old farmer in Ayer Itam died of a heart attack after suffering a shock when a tree fell near him while he was out on an evening walk.

Among the nine people injured, two of them seriously, as the effects of the storm were felt all over the state yesterday.

It was noted that this is one of the worst storms ever to have hit Penang.
More: The Star..Freak thunderstorm ravages Penang

Watch damage on video..

On Tuesday, June 11, since 1pm, a rare occasion of strong waves with heights of up to 3.5metres hit the west coast of Penang and Kedah with no less than 11 houses in Kampung Tsunami Tanjung Bungah in Penang reported to be inundated with sea water. Fishermen were advised against going out to sea in this weather with windspeed as high as 40 to 50km per hour.

Image source: The Star


  1. havoc betul betul betul..

  2. Bad indeed. I read that it's due to the transition from the north-easterly monsoon to the south-westerly monsoon but this time, the effect is more severe.