Heavy downpour causes fallen trees at several areas islandwide; thundery showers to continue

Photo: Cheryl Chan 陈慧玲/Facebook
Photo: Cheryl Chan 陈慧玲/Facebook

Yesterday morning was a wet and windy one, with torrential rains and gusty winds across the island. It’s all good if you were indoors, but those on the roads experienced the adverse effects of the heavy downpour when trees toppled over at various areas.

The Land Transport Authority said on Twitter that there was an obstacle on PIE and a traffic jam leading up to the Thomson Road exit, and The Straits Times explained the tree had fallen on the highway towards Tuas before Eng Neo Avenue exit. Meanwhile, Fengshan MP Cheryl Chan warned residents in the East that a tree had crashed into the ground near Block 116 Bedok North Road, and netizens shared videos of the storm aftermath in the area.

ST also surfaced a huge tree branch that fell at Bayshore Park condominium and hit a car, and Chinese newspaper Lianhe Wanbao said the east side saw at least four occurrences of fallen trees, including one outside Mandarin Gardens condominium in Siglap.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) had said moderate to heavy showers were expected across the country from as early as 2:30am to as late as 11am yesterday. And if you were one of the lucky ones to sleep through the crackling thunderstorm, this photo by Da Photographer shows what you missed.

However, the rain’s not done yet. NEA’s website shows more thundery showers to be expected on late mornings and early afternoons over the next couple days, so grab your umbrellas and stay warm and dry, people.

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