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Storm causes Penang gridlock

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GEORGE TOWN: A thunderstorm caused havoc in Penang uprooting trees and causing gridlock on major roads here today.

The strong winds, which started at 7pm, blew off a 40m section of a pole located on top of the 21-storey Menara Umno in Macalister Road.

Trees were also uprooted in several places, falling on parked cars.

In Tanjong Tokong, roof awnings was seen flying off from houses.

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Five people including two seriously injured were sent to the hospital.

Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said a man, who was walking up the Air Itam Dam during the storm, died after suffering a heart attack when a falling tree narrowly missed him.

The Meteorological Department said the storm lasted for about one hour from 7pm.

On Macalister Road, a man was seriously injured after the pole fell off the building. At least seven cars and a lorry were damaged by the debris.

Gridlock were reported in several areas such as Esplande, Weld Quay, Jalan Datuk Keramat, Jalan Masjid Negeri.

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