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Penang hit by freak storm

New Straits Times logoNew Straits Times 8/8/2018 Audrey Dermawan
a building with trees in the background: A freak storm lashed through several areas in Penang last night, resulting in uprooted trees and roofs of houses being blown off. Pix by Shahnaz Fazlie Shahrizal © Provided by Media Prima A freak storm lashed through several areas in Penang last night, resulting in uprooted trees and roofs of houses being blown off. Pix by Shahnaz Fazlie Shahrizal

GEORGE TOWN: A freak storm lashed through several areas in Penang last night, resulting in uprooted trees and roofs of houses being blown off.

Jalan Balik Pulau-Jalan Teluk Bahang near Titi Kerawang was closed to traffic after two large trees fell across the road.

Southwest district police chief Superintendent A.A. Anbalagan said two large trees reportedly fell on the stretch, about 500 metres apart.

"We managed to clear up one of them.

"However, we could not clear the other tree as there was an electrical cable nearby.

"The Fire and Rescue Department has requested for the stretch to be closed until clearing works have completed," he said.

Meanwhile, state Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said three cars at Jalan Terengganu were damaged by an uprooted tree.

"Also, the roofs of six units of the Mutiara Idaman 1 apartment in Solok Tengku were blown off by the strong wind.

"The storm also caused a signboard in Datuk Keramat to be blown away.

"I have ordered the relevant authorities to take the necessary actions," he said.

The Penang Island City Council, in its Facebook page, also adviced motorists to exercise caution when plying the routes with fallen trees.

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