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Pabuk: Friday awakes with the storm surging up the Gulf coastline

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30,000 people are estimated to have been evacuated from coastal districts in Nakhon Si Thammarat whilst some tourists are taking precautions of leaving the Gulf holiday islands, airports close, boats remain at mooring and schools are shut.

Thailand’s southern Gulf coast prepares for winds up to 95kph, heavy downpours and floods. From Nakhon Si Thammarat up to Chumpon provinces, emergency services are on standby as the topical storm surges along the coastline.

The Nakhon Si Thammarat airport was closed last night. The closure affects flights provided by Nok Air, AirAsia and Lion Air. Airlines are scheduling additional flights to affected areas from Sunday.

Meanwhile the Airports of Thailand is instructing airports in Surat Thani, Chumphon, Ranong, Trang and Narathiwat to closely monitor the storm and take measures to deal with its impact. Phuket Airport, whilst not in the direct path of the storm, is on alert and expecting poor weather on Saturday.

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Pabuk is now moving slowly north-west past Nakhon Si Thammarat and Songkhla, whilst heading for Surat Thani and Chumpon – mostly following the coastline.

Pabuk is also expected to bring heavy downpours of up to 300 millimetres daily, plus flash floods and landslides in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Surat Thani, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Chumphon. Satun, Trang, Krabi and Phuket are more likely to be affected later today and tomorrow.

Wattana Kanbua, director of the Marine Meteorological Centre, also warned of very rough sea conditions, saying waves could reach 7 metres high in the Gulf of Thailand and up to 3 metres in the Andaman Sea.

With strong gales and high waves expected, Wattana said people living along the eastern coasts of Koh Samui, Koh Pha-ngan and Koh Tao, as well as the eastern coast of Nakhon Si Thammarat and Songkhla will be hit by a storm surge.

He is suggesting people should stay away from the coastline during the storm.

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More than 30,000 residents of Nakhon Si Thammarat’s six seaside districts have been moving to evacuation centres set up amid concerns that Pabuk will cause severe damage.

Sichon district chief Piboon Nakthippiman said the evacuation operation in his area had been conducted smoothly and that more than 2,400 people have already taken shelter at the Wat Huai Saithong School. He also said the centre was fully equipped with all the supplies and equipment needed to endure the impact of the storm.

All ships in the Gulf of Thailand have been anchored since yesterday, while flights from affected provinces are suspended today.

Tourism on both sides of the peninsula has also been disrupted, with visitors fleeing popular destinations like Koh Samui, Koh Pha-ngan and Koh Tao. Ferry services and boat tours to Koh Phi Phi and other islands in Krabi province on the Andaman Sea were also stopped yesterday and unlikely to be resumed until Sunday. The Similan Islands in Phang Nga have also been closed due to the threat of poor weather from the storm.

Pabuk: Friday awakes with the storm surging up the Gulf coastline | News by The Thaiger

SOURCES: The Nation | The Thaiger | Thai Meteorological Department

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British man pioneers cannabis tom yum, police are not happy

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PHOTO: Khaosodenglish

A 58 year old real estate developer, living in Koh Samui for 22 years, is facing some trouble with the police for his ‘medicinal’ innovations in the kitchen.

Police have arrested and charged Gary Coughlan with drug offenses after they noticed he was acting a little ‘unusual and erratic’ this morning (Wednesday). He later tested positive for drug use.

Khaosod English reports, that when questioned by the police, he admitted to having tom yum goong shrimp soup infused with cannabis, apparently he praised its benefits for good sleep.

Coughlan also told police that he had obtained the marijuana from a Thai friend.

Thailand has recently legalised medical marijuana, yet unauthorised use still remains illegal and culprits face jail time up to one year.

Judging by the look on Gary’s face we can assume he was happy with the results of his kitchen experiments.

SOURCE: Khaosodenglish

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Weather for January 16

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Bangkok

Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun. High 33ºC. Winds NE at 10 to 15 km/h.

Weather for January 16 | News by The Thaiger

Chiang Mai

Generally clear. High 30ºC. Winds ESE and variable.

Weather for January 16 | News by The Thaiger

Phuket

Afternoon showers. High 31ºC. Winds NNE and variable. Chance of rain 40%.

Weather for January 16 | News by The Thaiger

Ko Samui

Thundershowers. High 25ºC. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.

Weather for January 16 | News by The Thaiger

Pattaya

Partly cloudy. High 32ºC. Winds NW at 10 to 15 km/h.

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Songkhla

Thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 29ºC. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 80%.

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French woman found floating off Koh Samui beach

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Samui police report that the body the body of 42 year old Maud Isabeile Bailley was found floating at sea off Ao Thongket beach around 2.30 pm yesterday (Tuesday).

The body was first seen floating by hotel staff who called police and rescue workers. Responders then brought the body back to shore.

A friend of the deceased has identified the body. She said that they had both lived on the island for almost two years learning Thai at a language school.

The friend said that Maud often complained about her family and her health and that that yesterday morning they had both visited a waterfall before she left on a bike.

The cause of death is under investigation by the police.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post 

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