PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Residents of the Malaysian capital were shocked when hailstones rained down in some areas around Kuala Lumpur on Monday (January 24).
Sinar Harian reported that the phenomenon appeared around 5 p.m. in places like Ukay Perdana and Wangsa Maju.
This soon went viral on social media, with netizens sharing their own experiences of the hail.
Actor Adam Corrie Lee Abdullah said in a Facebook post that this was the first time in his life he had witnessed such a phenomenon.
“It was raining heavily and suddenly I heard some loud noises. I then went out to check and saw pieces of ice on the ground in front of my house,” he said.
The Malaysian Meteorological Institute (MetMalaysia) said on its website that hailstones are clumps of ice formed during thunderstorms or by cumulonimbus clouds.
“This usually occurs during unstable weather, where strong currents would create clumps of ice in the cumulonimbus clouds.
“Hailstorms occur when lumps of ice fall to the ground without melting,” it said.
MetMalaysia added that such storms could occur anywhere there are thunderstorms, particularly in areas where heavy cumulonimbus clouds form.
The public has also been warned to take shelter in shaded areas and motorists advised to park their vehicles in covered spaces.
Heavy rains and thunderstorms in Kuala Lumpur on Monday afternoon uprooted trees in five areas, but there were no reports of casualties.
“Six vehicles were damaged after being struck by falling trees, which also obstructed traffic. Work to cut down and remove the fallen trees on the affected routes was completed at 5:51 p.m.,” the Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Agency Operations Center said in a statement.
Firefighters from Wangsa Maju Station, Gombak Selatan Station, Keramat Station and Setapak Station were involved in the work to clear the fallen trees.