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Pabuk: Warnings for coastal residents to stay indoors

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by Pratch Rujivanarom

Strong gale conditions and surging seas are pounding the coastlines of three provinces this afternoon.
The Meteorological Department is warning residentsto stay indoors and away from the coast. The provinces affected so far include Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Songkhla.
Department director-general Phuwieng Prakhammintara says Tropical Storm Pabuk was expected to have greater affect on southern coastlines as it approaches later this afternoon.

Phuwieng cautioned that conditions around the centre of the storm would be extremely dangerous, with wind speed and the height of waves steadily increasing as Pabuk approaches.

“Everyone in the affected areas should take shelter in a sturdy concrete building until the storm passes.”

“And I would ask people – for their own safety – to not go out to take photos with the storm.”

Wattana Kanbua, director of the Marine Meteorological Centre, said the wind speeds could top 90 kilometres per hour in regions near the eye of the storm. He estimated that waves could be as high as three metres along the shore in the district.

The Thaiger’s weather model predicts that the main storm will reach Koh Samui early this evening but coastlines on the Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani shores will be getting high wind speeds and waves from later this afternoon.

SOURCE: The Nation

 

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