WOWS PENANGITES

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“On a good day, I can sell hun­dreds of pack­ets, but to­day, in this heavy rain, it’s bet­ter to close my shop and open on a day with good weather so my food will not go to waste,” said the trader, who wished to re­main anony­mous.

Parts of Jalan P. Ram­lee, near SMK Ab­dul­lah Mun­shi, Le­buh Queen and Jalan Haji Hashim Iman, were flooded but ve­hi­cles man­aged to pass through.

H’ng Zhao Lun, 52, who lives op­po­site the sec­ondary school said: “Thank­fully, our houses are built on higher ground. But I will still be care­ful and start mak­ing prepa­ra­tions to move valu­able items to a higher place, in case the flood wors­ens.

“It is odd to see floods at this time. We hardly had any rain this time last year. I hope the wa­ters sub­side quickly.”

The rain stopped at 7.15pm and the wa­ter sub­sided by 8pm.

The heavy rain also trig­gered an un­usual wa­ter­spout, which be­came a so­cial me­dia buzz.

Busi­ness­woman E.V. Phang, 30, who was driv­ing along the Pe­nang Bridge, said she was shocked to en­counter the phe­nom­e­non. She took a video of the wa­ter­spout, which lasted more than a minute.

“Luck­ily, it was just a wa­ter­spout. I saw it swirling wildly in the sea be­fore hit­ting the bridge di­vider.”

Phang said by the time she reached the end of the bridge, head­ing to­wards Prai, the wa­ter­spout had dis­ap­peared.

A state Fire and Res­cue De­part­ment spokesman said no re­ports were lodged and no un­wanted in­ci­dents took place.

A spokesman from the Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal De­part­ment told the News Straits Times that the wa­ter­spout was “harm­less”.

“Dur­ing heavy rain, the wind is very strong in the mid­dle of the sea. When it meets the rain, it forms a cy­clone-like wa­ter­spout. It is not dan­ger­ous as it moves only on the sur­face of the wa­ter.

“It will van­ish ei­ther when the rain stops or the strong wind abates,” he said.

In Kuala Lumpur,

the flash floods that oc­curred daily were ex­pected to last un­til the mid­dle of May.

Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal De­part­ment deputy di­rec­tor for Oper­a­tions Alui Ba­hari said the coun­try was hit by heavy rain due to the in­ter­mon­soon sea­son.

“It is not un­com­mon for flash floods to oc­cur dur­ing the in­ter­mon­soon sea­son be­gin­ning from the mid­dle of March un­til the mid­dle of May.”

Alui said the sea­son was chang­ing from the north­east mon­soon to the south­west mon­soon.

He said flash floods would oc­cur reg­u­larly dur­ing the sea­son in the west coast of Penin­su­lar Malaysia.

Alui warned that peo­ple should ex­pect up­rooted trees to oc­cur in the ar­eas af­fected with bad weather.

Mean­while, an of­fi­cer of the Petaling Jaya Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil said they would do their best to clear fallen trees.

“As soon as com­plaints are lodged, we will send out a team to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

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