‘Terrible twins’ La Nina and monsoon to hit KL and Selangor

Fallen giant: This huge unipole billboard along Jalan Kepong opposite Kompleks Desa buckled under the storm that hit the Klang Valley over the past few days, causing traffic in the area to be reduced to a crawl. The weatherman is warning that more of such storms will hit the area. — NORAFIFI EHSAN / The Star

THE Klang Valley will have to brace itself for a wet, wet time as La Nina lashes the area, bringing with it intense and severe thunderstorms. Many major towns and cities in the country will also be affected as the north-east monsoon hits at the same time.

Last Sunday’s thunderstorm, which left trees uprooted and flash floods in several areas, was not the first time the “bad girl” had unleashed her fury, nor will it be the last.

The Meteorological Department said rainfall for the first four days of this month for the western peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak was higher compared with the same period last year.

Earlier, it had warned that rain during this wet season could be at least between 20% and 40% higher.

The authorities said the Kajang flash floods, which left businesses with millions of ringgit in losses, were partly caused by clogged drains.

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Article Source http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/12/6/nation/10040911&sec=nation

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