Severe Weather Alert: Thunderstorms, Heavy Rain, and Strong Winds in Sarawak, Sabah, and Labuan

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Weather Forecast: Thunderstorms and Heavy Rain Expected

Severe Weather Alert Thunderstorms, Heavy Rain, and Strong Winds in Sarawak, Sabah, and Labuan
Severe Weather Alert Thunderstorms, Heavy Rain, and Strong Winds in Sarawak, Sabah, and Labuan

KUCHING (June 23, 2024) – The Meteorological Department of Malaysia (MetMalaysia) has issued a severe weather alert for several regions in Sarawak, Sabah, and Labuan. Thunderstorms, heavy rain, and strong winds are expected to affect these areas until noon today. The alert was issued at 8:50 AM, urging residents to take necessary precautions.

Impacted Areas in Sarawak

Bintulu and Miri Regions

Residents of Bintulu (Tatau and Bintulu) and Miri (Marudi) in Sarawak are advised to brace for adverse weather conditions. The expected thunderstorms and heavy rain may lead to potential flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

Impacted Areas in Sabah

Interior and West Coast

In Sabah, the bad weather is set to impact the interior regions of Kuala Penyu and Beaufort, as well as the West Coast areas including Papar, Putatan, Penampang, Kota Kinabalu, and Tuaran. These areas are likely to experience significant rainfall, accompanied by strong winds, which can disrupt daily activities and cause damage to property.

Tawau and Sandakan Regions

Further east, the regions of Tawau (Semporna and Lahad Datu) and Sandakan (Kinabatangan) are also on high alert. Residents in these areas should be prepared for possible power outages and flash floods.

Safety Precautions and Measures

Advice from MetMalaysia

MetMalaysia urges residents in the affected regions to remain indoors where possible and to avoid unnecessary travel. Motorists should exercise extreme caution on the roads due to reduced visibility and the risk of waterlogging.

Emergency Preparedness

Local authorities and emergency services are on standby to assist those in need. Residents are advised to keep emergency kits ready, including essential supplies such as water, food, medications, and important documents.

Potential Effects on Daily Life

Disruptions to Transportation

The severe weather conditions may cause delays and disruptions to public transportation services, including buses and flights. Travelers are encouraged to check with their service providers for updates and to plan their journeys accordingly.

Impact on Local Businesses and Schools

Local businesses and schools in the affected regions may experience closures or reduced operations due to the hazardous weather. Employers and educators are advised to monitor the situation and prioritize the safety of their employees and students.

Response from Local Authorities

Coordination with Emergency Services

Local authorities in Sarawak, Sabah, and Labuan are working closely with MetMalaysia and emergency services to monitor the situation and respond swiftly to any emergencies. Efforts are being made to ensure that assistance is available to those in need and that the public is kept informed of any developments.

Public Announcements and Updates

Regular updates will be provided through various media channels, including radio, television, and social media. Residents are encouraged to stay tuned for the latest information and to follow any advisories issued by the authorities.

Conclusion

As Sarawak, Sabah, and Labuan brace for severe weather, it is crucial for residents to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions. The Meteorological Department of Malaysia (MetMalaysia) continues to monitor the situation and will provide updates as needed. By staying informed and prepared, communities can minimize the impact of these adverse weather conditions and ensure the safety of all.

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