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, Noel Foo
Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Malaysia

'Twister' near KL sends debris swirling through skies

The Star/ANN | , Noel Foo | Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

A screengrab from a viral video of the "twister" in Klang.

PORT KLANG - Twister-like winds blew into Pandamaran here, blowing off roofs and uprooting trees.

The weather phenomenon, which blew in a twister-like fashion, started around 2.30pm Tuesday, after a massive thunderstorm.

Shortly after, video recordings of the "twister" wreaking havoc through the area began circulating over WhatsApp and other social media channels.

There were at least two different videos showing debris from the roofs of houses and other residential buildings being picked up by the swirling column of wind.

One in particular shows images of swirling masses of dust and debris captured from inside a house while a voice can be heard shouting prayers in the background.

South Klang OCPD Asst Comm Kamarul Zaman Mamat said the "twister" stopped around 3.10pm and no injuries were reported.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department, in a statement, said the storm was caused by the high level of moisture in the air, the concentration of low-level winds coupled with the unstable atmosphere, which formed a large storm cloud.

It said the Department had issued a warning on the storm and heavy rain at 1.53pm.

The public can obtain latest weather updates by calling 1300-22-1638 or by going to www.met.gov.my.

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