[VIDEO] Typhoon tailend sends rooftops airborne

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KUCHING, Oct 20: The roofs of two residential houses behind a local hotel near Jalan Song Thian Chiok were blown off by strong winds here today.

The wind started blowing around 2.30pm before a heavy downpour followed. However, both did not last long. By about 3.30pm, both the rain and wind stopped, leaving the owners of the two houses with a big headache.

The video has gone viral after the incident was recorded by an as yet unidentified person who had reacted fast enough to capture the moment.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has issued a warning and explanation which has been also circulated on social media.

“Many of us would be concerned with the recent weather condition affecting Sarawak and Sabah.

“This is due to southwest direction winds being drawn (that is the tail effect) into typhoon ‘Lan’, which is presently east of the Philippines.

“Based on the present weather outlook, the wind speed in Lutong and Kota Kinabalu today is expected to be around 18–22 km/h with intermittent maximum wind gusts of 32 km/h, together with heavy showers,” said the department.

The department went on to remind the general public to take a number of precautions, including:

• Avoid going outside if unnecessary. If you must, please be prepared.
• Stock up on key grocery items at home, so that you need not go out in bad weather.
• Do not drive/ride in bad weather, as heavy rain hampers visibility whilst strong winds may cause flying/dropping objects.
• Look around your home, and secure all loose objects, or bring them into the house (for example, umbrellas, thin metal sheets, poles, laundry stands, etc).
• Whenever there’s lightning, stay away from windows, and unplug your electrical appliances when it’s safe to do so (just switching off is not adequate).

If you are unfortunately caught in bad weather whilst outdoors:

• Find a secure place to park and wait it out.
• Stay away from trees, canopies, and structures that may be blown down/away by a strong gust.
• When there are strong winds, do not use umbrellas. Stay in your car and wait for a safe transition.

“The situation is expected to subside from 22nd Oct (Sunday). Our metocean team will continue to monitor, and a separate alert will be issued if necessary.

“Your safety, and the safety of your family and friends, is of utmost priority. For today, if you don’t need to be in the office, you may return home early to ensure the safety of your loved ones.

“Do let your supervisor/team colleagues know so that they can support you appropriately,” said the department. — DayakDaily.