PETALING JAYA - Rough weather will plague East Malaysia's northwestern coastline until Thursday, with the Meteorological Department advising seafarers to take care when going out to sea.
MetMalaysia reported strong southwesterly winds of 40-50kmh with waves of up to 3.5m currently over waters off Miri, Labuan, Kudat and Sabah's interior and western coast.
"These strong winds and rough seas are dangerous to small ships and boats in these waters. Affected parties are advised to be careful and take the necessary safety steps," a MetMalaysia spokesperson said on Tuesday.
The spokesperson said that rain was expected to form along the Limbang, Miri and Bintulu coasts in Sarawak, Labuan and Pedalaman, Pantai Barat and Kudat coasts in Sabah.
It was added that the rough weather was caused by a tropical storm occuring in the East Philippines region.
The storm had formed at 17°30'(17.5°) North and 132°40'(132.7°) East at around 11:05am on Monday.
The spokesperson said that the storm was at the time almost stationary, or not really moving in any direction.
"The weather warning will be in effect until Sept 19," the spokesperson said, and that MetMalaysia was keeping an eye on the situation.