Don't be alarmed: Sabah expects thunderstorms from Typhoon Kammuri, but only at tail-end

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 04 Dec 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is expected to experience thunderstorms, as the tail-end of Typhoon Kammuri hits the state, but the impact is expected to be minimal as the typhoon weakens by Friday (Dec 6).

Sabah Meteorological Department director Amirzudi Hashim said the severe tropical storm in this region is being monitored by the Japan Meteorological Agency, adding that the Department is in close contact with the Agency.

"As of 2pm on Wednesday (Dec 4), it is still categorised as severe, but it was forecasted by Friday afternoon (Dec 6) that the intensity will drop and depreciate to the lowest level," said Amirzudi.

He said that Sabah's west coast and interior will receive the tail-end effects of the typhoon over the next few days.

“We have also issued a warning from November 30 until this Saturday (Dec 7) on strong winds and currents at the sea, which are dangerous for small vessels, but we do not anticipate any major impact, ” he said when contacted.

Amirzudi also reminded the public to refer to reliable sources when receiving information on the weather forecast and disasters, dismissing viral WhatsApp messages claiming that the typhoon will hit Sabah on Saturday.

Meanwhile utility company Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) said they are on 24-hour standby with mobile generators should the power supply be affected due to the weather.

Its Senior General Manager (Assets Management) Norhizami Abu Hasan said thorough preparation has been made at all zones and districts with the technical team on standby around the clock the next few days.

He however said if electrical substations are flooded, remedial works could only be carried out after water levels subsided.

“Consumers who are experiencing power supply cuts when floods occur are encouraged to contact SESB at 15454 or 088-515000. They can also send a WhatsApp message to 019- 852 5427 or leave a message at our SESB Careline Facebook.

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