Freak hailstorm in western Singapore

Pictures by: 
Gavin Foo
Jonathan Choo

A rare hailstorm yesterday in the west of Singapore uprooted trees, toppled parked motorbikes and caused a huge stir along the streets.

The heaviest rainfall of 31.8mm over half an hour was recorded at Corporation Road between 2.50pm and 3.20pm.

Along Jurong East Avenue 1 and Toh Guan Road, almost one in three trees were affected, their broken branches blocking pedestrians’ paths. Some cars were also dented by the falling branches.

A Jurong East Street 21 resident, who gave his name as Mr Chang, had his car’s rear windscreen broken by roof tiles blown off a covered walkway.

At a coffee shop at Block 202, Jurong East Street 21, strong winds sent tables and chairs scattering outside the shop. Stall worker Chua Yu Foo, 43, said a lot of leaves and branches were blown into the shop and customers who sat outside had to rush in.

A provision shop owner at Block 225A, Jurong East Street 21, who gave her name as Madam Tan, 60, said about four boxes of goods which were displayed outside her shop were blown onto the street and were drenched by the rain.

The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on June 26, 2013.