GEORGE TOWN: Strong winds during a freak storm wreaked havoc at several places here with trees being uprooted, and roofs and signboards blown off.
Among the worst hit areas were Lintang Delima, Taman Besi and Jalan Chik Wan Arrifinin Jelutong where trees got uprooted.
Other affected roads were Jalan Gottlieb, Gurney Drive, Lorong Batu Lancang, Jalan Masjid Negeri, Jalan Hamilton, Jalan Tengah, Jalan Van Pragh, Jalan Udini and others.
The storm, which began at 8.55am yesterday, also saw scaffoldings collapse on a car in Jalan Pintal Tali.
Even the zinc roofing of the outdoor parking space at Gama Supermarket in the corner of Jalan Gurdwara and Jalan Datuk Keramat, was blown away.
At least 11 houses in Jalan Tokong Batu, Jelutong and Jalan Shaik Madar in Air Itam, had their roofs blown away too.
The State Meteorological Department recorded the highest readings of the winds at 52kph at 8.56am and 9am yesterday.
Retiree Kang Siew Yoke, 76, said it was the first time she saw part of the asbestos roof of her house being blown off.
Kang, who stays with her husband in Jalan Shaik Madar, said: "I was doing my laundry outside the house when part of the roof got blown off. I quickly ran into the house for cover."
"This is the first time I have experienced such a bad weather condition in the 55 years I have lived here," she added.
State Fire and Rescue Department director Azmi Tamat said no casualties were reported during the incident.
Over in the mainland, fallen tree branches due to the strong winds, held up traffic along Jalan Baru in Permatang Pauh.
Uprooted trees were also reported at certain parts of Jalan Balai in Berapit.