KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) advised the public to be sensitive to weather and take precautions in the aftermath of heavy rainfall and strong winds that damaged homes and trees in the federal capital last night.
MetMalaysia National Weather and Geophysics Operations Center Director Dr. Mohd Hisham Mohd Anip said people should avoid parking or be in areas near trees, street signs and billboards because they can fall when the weather is bad.
He noted that heavy rain and strong wind were caused by the formation of cumulonimbus clouds, the main source of lightning, because of the strong convective currents in the cloud.
The formation of cumulonimbus clouds, he said, is common in tropical Malaysia.
Dr. Mohd Hisham said apart from causing heavy rain and strong wind, the occasional production of hail.
"People need to be aware of this weather because the wind can be 100km, but this (wind speed) is rare," he said. Bernama today.
The public has access to the latest weather information on the website, www.met.gov.my, myCuaca app on smartphones, Facebook Malaysiamet and Twitter @ malaysianmet, SMS 15888 or hotline 1300 22 1MET (1638). – Bernama