KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 1 — The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has issued an orange-level warning, indicative of a bad weather situation, with heavy rains expected in some areas in Pahang and Johor until tomorrow.
Its director-general Jailan Simon, in a statement today, said that a yellow-level weather alert was also issued for several other districts in the two states as well as in Kelantan, Terengganu and Sabah for the same period.
He said that the orange-level weather warning also involves Kuantan, Pekan, and Rompin districts in Pahang; Segamat, Mersing, and Kluang in Johor.
He said the yellow-level bad weather warning involves Lipis, Jerantut, Temerloh, Maran and Bera in Pahang; Batu Pahat, Pontian, Kulai, Kota Tinggi and Johor Bahru in Johor; west coast of Sabah (Tuaran, Ranau, Kota Belud), Sandakan (Telupid, Beluran, Sandakan) and Kudat as well as Kelantan dan Terengganu.
“During this period, strong winds can occur in coastal areas in the east coast states of the Peninsula.
“At the same time, most areas in the west coast states of the Peninsula; Sarawak and Sabah are expected to experience thunderstorms and heavy rains along with strong winds, especially in the afternoon until early evening.
“The situation has the potential to cause flash floods in low-lying areas as well as damage to structures that are not strongly built,” he said.
Jailan said that strong northeast winds of more than 60 kph, with waves of up to 4.5 meters, are expected to occur in the waters of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Sarawak, Federal Territory of Labuan, and Sabah during the period.
He said that the phenomenon could pose a risk of an overflow of seawater on the coast and estuaries in these areas.