KEPALA BATAS: Preparations for the Hari Raya Haji celebrations did not go as planned for production planner Amar Syaqiq Khawahjah when a freak storm brought down a giant tree at his home in Kampung Permatang Bertam here.
Amar, 29, said his family was in the living room during the 11pm incident on Friday.
“Suddenly, there was a loud noise. We found the tree beside my house had collapsed. We were lucky that it did not crash onto our house, ” he said yesterday.
He and his father cut the fallen tree into smaller pieces and cleared the area.
In George Town, it was deja vu for housewife Yuslaini Ali, 36.
A few days before Hari Raya Haji last year, a storm had ripped off the roof of her apartment unit in Jelutong.
On Friday, lightning struck her home.
“I was having a meal with my family outside when the incident took place.
“My neighbour called me, saying that the roof of my house had been blown away.
“I immediately rushed home, and saw the zinc roof and ceiling all gone, with water all over the place.
“Most of my electrical appliances, the ceiling fans, television set and air conditioners were also destroyed, ” said Yuslaini, who was seen weaving ketupat with her family at her damaged home yesterday.
In a statement, the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) said 128 fallen trees were reported in 98 locations on the Penang mainland after it was hit by the tail end of Typhoon Lekima from 10.30pm on Friday until 12.30am yesterday.
At the height of the storm, which brought winds of up to 100kph, 206 houses were damaged.
“Five uprooted trees fell onto houses, while 120 others landed along the roads. Three of the trees also crashed onto cars, ” it said.
Twenty-two people from four families were evacuated to Masjid Kuala Juru, while nine had to move to Dewan Kafa Kuala Juru.
Penang Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said seven men in Butterworth were injured during the storm.
Two motorcyclists were also reportedly hurt.