Wednesday, January 22

Warning of high winds, rough seas in South China Sea

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KUALA LUMPUR: High winds of up to 60km per hour and waves more than 5.5 metres high occurring in several areas of the South China Sea are expected to prevail until Jan 20, the Meteorological Department said yesterday.

It said in a statement that the waters off Kelantan and Terengganu facing similar weather conditions were also exposed to a rise in the sea level.

This condition is also dangerous for all beach and shipping activities, including for workers on oil rigs, it added.

The department said the high winds of between 50km and 60km per hour with waves reaching as high as 4.5 metres were also reported in the waters off Pahang, eastern Johor, Sabah (the Interior, West Coast, Kudat and Sandakan divisions), Labuan and Sarawak.

The coastal areas of Pahang and eastern Johor were also exposed to a rise in the sea level during this period, a phenomenon dangerous to all shipping and beach activities, including fishing and ferry services, said the statement.

In the waters off Sabah (Tawau, Semporna and Lahad Datu), high winds of between 40km and 50km per hour were expected to prevail until Jan 20, and the condition was also dangerous for small boats as well as sea sports and recreational activities, it added. — Bernama