Pabuk batters the east coast


Dangerous situation: Youths playing by the beach amid strong waves and rough weather conditions in Pantai Pulau Kundur, Kota Baru. — Bernama

Dangerous situation: Youths playing by the beach amid strong waves and rough weather conditions in Pantai Pulau Kundur, Kota Baru. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Strong winds from Tropical Storm Pabuk have wreaked havoc in the seas off Kelantan and Terengganu but those in the west coast, especially in the northern states, should also be bracing for such condition as it moves towards the Andaman Islands.

Pabuk, which started forming in the South China Sea since New Year’s Day, has made its way towards Thailand moving at about 20kph and affected northern states such as Perlis, Penang, Kedah and Perak.

Similar to conditions in the east coast states earlier this week, the Meteorological Department warned of strong winds of up to 50kph as well as waves of up to 3.5m occurring in the seas off Kelantan, Perlis, Kedah and Penang.

Checks on the department’s website showed that sea and wind conditions would return to safer levels by tomorrow with waves rising up to 1m on the west coast and 1.5m on the east coast.

Wind conditions will also be reduced to up to 20kph in the east and up to 30kph in the west.

Satellite images from the weather site www.windy.com showed that Pabuk would be making its way past southern Thailand and hit the Andaman Islands tomorrow.

The situation has calmed in Terengganu yesterday compared to the tempestuous waves which hit its shorelines as Pabuk raged over the state from Wednesday through Thursday.

Civil Defence Force state director Lt-Kol Che Adam Abdul Rahman said the people could look forward to improved weather conditions in the coming days.

However, he advised against carrying out any activities along the coast to prevent untoward incidents.

Despite the calmer weather, Lt-Kol Che Adam said they would remain on standby to respond to other emergencies throughout the monsoon season, which is expected to last until March.

Meanwhile, flights by Malaysian carriers were not affected by the storm.

Malindo Air chief executive officer Chandran Rama Muthy said it was monitoring the situation closely, although the company did not operate any flights to the south coast of Thailand.

He said flights were usually not affected by rains and if there were any disruption due to the storm, it would merely result in delays.

A Malaysia Airlines spokesman also confirmed that the carrier had not cancelled any of its domestic flights to the northeast of Malaysia, but was keeping a close watch on the weather conditions.

AirAsia does not operate flights to the affected destination in the southern coast of Thailand, which is handled by local carriers.

Bernama reported that ferry services to Langkawi from Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis would be operating as usual.

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