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Hail, strong winds hit Bandung BANDUNG - A downpour, compounded by hail and strong winds in some places, hit Bandung city on Thursday afternoon, toppling dozens of trees and causing flooding in some parts of the city. However, an official from the Bandung office of the Geophysics and Meteorological Agency (BMG) quickly rejected suggestions that the rain, which came after several months of drought in the city, marked the start of the wet season in Bandung, the capital of West Java province.
Holil, 36, who lives on Jl. Supadio, said that the noise caused by the hail falling on his roof had been deafening. "Not only hail, but strong winds also hit our area. My son was so scared," said Holil. The hail fell in the areas around Husein Sastranegara Airport, Jl. Padjadjaran, Jl. Supadio and the city's downtown. The flooding, plus the many fallen trees, caused severe traffic congestion in many parts of the city, especially the city center.
The rain and hail lasted for almost an hour. After the rain was over, residents set about cleaning up the leaves, garbage and tree branches that had been blown around by the wind. Meanwhile, Hendri Surbakti, the director of the Bandung BMG office, said that it was too early to say that the rain was a sign that the wet season had arrived in Bandung. "The rain fell for only an hour, and the amount was far below the 200-millimeters-per-day level," he explained.
However, he warned that Bandung residents should start preparing for the wet season as some other parts of West Java province were now in between the wet and dry seasons, a sign that the wet season could soon start in Bandung itself. "City residents should start cleaning drains in the city in order to prevent flooding," Hendri advised.



Posted in Weather @ 01 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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