House, car damaged by falling trees during storms on Sabah’s west coast

KOTA KINABALU: The thunderstorms that hit the west coast of Sabah on Saturday (July 9) until the early hours of Sunday (July 10) saw falling trees damaging a house and a car.

However, no injuries were reported.

In Kampung Bedungan in the Kuala Penyu district, the Fire and Rescue Department received a call at 8.51am on Sunday alerting it to a fallen tree that hit a house and also dragged down an electrical cable.

The house garage was damaged in the incident, while a utility pole was also toppled by the falling tree.

“Firemen sawed apart the fallen tree and removed it before inspecting the location to ensure there were no other risks. The operation ended at 9.45am,” said a department spokesman.

At 5.36pm on Saturday, a tree also hit a power cable and a car parked at Likas Bay Park here.

The top of the vehicle was slightly damaged, the spokesman said.

Heavy rain and strong winds over Sabah’s west coast caused by a tropical depression in the South China Sea also saw some areas facing power supply disruptions, with electricity restored to most areas as at noon Sunday.

According to the Malaysian Meteorological Department website, Sabah will have favourable weather during the day on Sunday, but some areas might see a wet spell and thunderstorms later in the evening and at night.