'Twister' sends debris swirling through Malaysia skies

A screengrab from a viral video of the "twister" in Klang. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
A screengrab from a viral video of the "twister" in Klang. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
A screengrab of another viral video of the weather phenomenon in Klang. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
A screengrab of another viral video of the weather phenomenon in Klang. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PORT KLANG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Twister-like winds swept into the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia on Tuesday, blowing off roofs and uprooting trees.

The weather phenomenon started blowing in Pandamaran in the Klang district of Selangor state at around 2.30pm local time (0630 GMT) after a massive thunderstorm

Shortly after, video recordings of the "twister" wreaking havoc through the area began circulating over WhatsApp and other social media channels.

There were at least two different videos showing debris from the roofs of houses and other residential buildings being picked up by the swirling column of wind.

One in particular shows images of swirling masses of dust and debris captured from inside a house while a voice can be heard shouting prayers in the background.

South Klang police assistant commissioner Kamarul Zaman Mamat said the "twister" stopped around 3.10pm (0710 GMT) and no injuries were reported.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department, in a statement, said the storm was caused by the high level of moisture in the air, the concentration of low-level winds coupled with the unstable atmosphere, which formed a large storm cloud.