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Weather Warning For Phuket, Andaman Coast

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Weather warning for Phuket, Andaman coast

Phuket Gazette

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Traffic makes its way along Thepkrasattri Road, Phuket's main road linking the airport with the rest of the island, through the heavy rain this morning. Photo: Atchaa Khamlo

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This satellite image provided by the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) shows the dense cloud cover passing over Phuket and the Andaman coast, causing heavy rains and prompting the TMD to issue a ‘Heavy Weather Warning’ for the region. Image: TMD

PHUKET: -- With heavy downpours causing traffic tailbacks and minor flooding across Phuket roads this morning, the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) has issued a “Heavy Weather Warning” covering Phuket and other provinces along the Andaman coast.

The warning, issued at 5:03am, explained, “The ridge of high pressure area covers upper northeastern Thailand and the moderate southwest monsoon prevails over the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf. These cause more rainfall over Thailand and isolated heavy to very heavy rain in the North, the Northeast, the East and the South west coast.”

The warning urged people in the affected areas to beware of flooding and noted that the heavy weather is expected to continue to until at least Friday.

Waves in the Andaman Sea were expected to reach heights of about two meters.

“All ships should proceed with caution during the period,” the warning urged.

Source: http://www.phuketgaz...ticle14973.html

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-- Phuket Gazette 2012-05-16

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Well, that's gonna be a mess traffic wise then! This morning, after only minor rains that fell for not too long, all major roads were congested and alot of crossings were already flooded, imagine when it's a really heavy downpour. :-(

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Rawai and Chalong this morning very heavy rain, road flooded up to about 30 centimeters.

Went to Kata, roads were almost dry. It looked like it had rained, but with dry patches on the roads just a bit.

As we all know, weather can be very localised here on Phuket.

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At the Central junction this morning, the water was flowing downhill like a river. Cars were really jammed up driving north, fighting against the flow of rainwater.

Couldn't help but try to envisage how the proposed underpass would fare with that water.!

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Heavy rains prompt Phuket flood, landslide warning

Phuket Gazette

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Flood and landslide warnings have been issued for high-risk areas across Phuket. Photo: Gazette

PHUKET: -- While the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) today upgraded its “heavy rain warning” for Phuket and the Andaman coast to a flood caution, the Phuket provincial office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket) has issued a flood warning for risk areas across the island

“We sent the warning letter to every local administration yesterday, warning of possible flooding and landslides on the island,” DDPM-Phuket chief San Jantharawong told the Phuket Gazette this morning.

“If they need any help from us [DDPM-Phuket] they will be able to call,” he added.

The DDPM-Phuket has asked people in high-risk areas to beware of flooding thorugh to Saturday, when the heavy rains are expected to ease.

The warning also cautioned all ships in the Andaman Sea to proceed with caution, as waves may reach a height of two to three meters.

The TMD announced that the current weather conditions were due to the high air pressure from China, which covers Northeast Thailand and low air pressure areas in Central and Eastern Thailand, as well as the southwest monsoon prevailing over the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

“If you have any information [about flooding and landslides] please report it to the DDPM-Phuket at 076-218444,” said Director San.“We have officers standing by every hour of every day,” he said.

Source: http://www.phuketgaz...ticle15977.html

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-- Phuket Gazette 2012-05-17

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