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Monday, January 31, 2022

Sudden thunderstorm in Kinta was hard to forecast, says MetMalaysia


More than 200 homes were affected by the sudden thunderstorm. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: The thunderstorm that hit several areas in the Kinta district, Perak, and damaged hundreds of homes is due to a formation of a very small but strong thunderstorm cloud, says the meteorological department (MetMalaysia).

It said the thunderstorm was considered a localised incident and increased in intensity very quickly. As such, it was hard to forecast.

“MetMalaysia had released a thunderstorm warning for the thunderstorm incident as well as heavy rain and strong winds involving Perak at 3.40pm on Jan 30.

“The warning was updated at 6.55pm and 7.55pm, involving several districts in Perak, based on the latest information and weather analysis. It was disseminated through several official MetMalaysia mediums,” it said in a statement.

It also said, based on radar and satellite imaging, a few small rain clouds began to form at 5.50pm yesterday.

“The clouds did not develop significantly but the rain clouds in Kinta district increased in intensity in a very short period of time between 6.20pm and 6.40pm,” it said.

It was reported that hundreds of homes were damaged during a tornado-like freak storm in several villages at about 6pm yesterday.

This left most of the Chinese residents in Kampung Tawas, who will be celebrating Chinese New Year tomorrow, in despair.

Perak menteri besar Saarani Mohamad said each household affected by the freak storm would receive financial assistance of RM1,300.

He said the storm, which struck at 6pm, damaged 219 houses in Taman Desa Seri Chepor, Kampung Tawas, Taman Tasek Damai and Kampung Seri Klebang Tambahan Jaya . - FMT

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