Heavy rains and strong winds expected in Sabah until Sunday

Aerial view of houses near Kampung Simunul in Sabah, Malaysia.

KOTA KINABALU - Those living in the west coast of Sabah, as well as in Sandakan and Kudat, are advised to brace themselves for heavy rainfall and strong winds that are expected to continue until Sunday.

Sabah Meteorological Department director Abdul Malek Tussin said people are also advised against going to sea during the period.

"The rain, although considered moderate here, still poses a danger to small boats as well as recreational activities at sea," he said yesterday.

"Wind speeds are estimated to be between 60kph and 80kph, while waves could be as high as 3.5m," he added.

Meanwhile, a statement issued from the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MMD) stated that Tropical Storm Jangmi is not expected to affect Sabah and Sarawak, with the storm reported to be moving southwards at 19kph.

MMD spokesman Dr Mohd Hisham Anip said while Jangmi may hit Malaysia by Saturday, its impact is likely to be low.

He added that the Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre in Guam, the United States, had released a statement at 11am Wednesday saying that the cyclone has weakened.

"Their last warning clearly states that they have issued the last warning for the cyclone, which means the situation is completely under control.

"It was a tropical cyclone earlier, but over time it has weakened into a tropical depression and by today, it will weaken further and become what we call a low pressure system," he told The Star.