First wave of ‘Noul’ tropical storm has battered Thailand today, causes flooding and road cutoffs in Khon Kaen this morning

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Thai Meteorological Department has announced today, September 18, that the ‘Noul’ storm is traveling from the middle of the South China Sea and is forecast to move into Mukdahan and other provinces in Northeastern Thailand by this evening, causing heavy to very heavy rain over the weekend.

The storm is firstly expected to make landfall over middle Vietnam before starting to batter the country and causing heavy rain over the Northeast today.

A monsoon depression from the Southwest across the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand is also forecast to bring more rain, causing heavy to very heavy rain with strong winds to hit the Northeastern, North, Central, Eastern, and Southern regions respectively.

PHOTO: Thai Meteorological Department

Areas to be affected are as follows:

September 18

Northeast: Loei, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Sakon Nakhon, Kalasin, Mahasarakham, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram, Surin, Sisaket, Ubon Ratchathani, Amnat Charoen, Yasothon, and Roi Et.

East: Prachinburi, Sa Kaeo, Chanthaburi, and Trat provinces

South: Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, and Satun provinces

September 19

North: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Phichit, Kamphaeng Phet, Sukhothai, and Tak

Northeast: Loei, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Sakon Nakhon, Kalasin, Mahasarakham, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram, Surin, Sisaket, Ubon Ratchathani, Amnat Charoen, Yasothon, and Roi Et.

Central: Kanchanaburi, Uthai Thani, Chainat, Nakhon Sawan, Lopburi, Saraburi

East: Nakhon Nayok, Prachinburi, Chachoengsao, Sa Kaeo, Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Trat.

South: Phetchaburi Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, and Satun

September 20

North: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Tak, Sukhothai, and Kamphaeng Phet provinces

Central: Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Uthai Thani, Suphanburi, and Chainat

East: Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Trat

South: Phetchaburi Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, and Krabi

The meteorological department has advised locals living in the following areas to beware and prepare for natural disasters, such as flash floods, landslides, or forest runoffs, that might occur during the upcoming weekend.

The wind waves will also be stronger and as high as 2-4 meters in the upper portion of the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. All ships are recommended to stay ashore until the 20th.

PHOTO: Thairath

Meanwhile, the first wave of ‘Noul’ has already struck Khon Kaen since 4:00 AM today, causing city flooding, road cutoffs, and heavy traffic jams during the morning rush hour. The flood water has reportedly gushed into residential houses and shops.

Somsak Jangtrakul, Governor of Khon Kaen Province, said that the authorities from all relevant departments have been ordered to monitor the rainstorm and heavy rain situations daily and to prepare for the flooding and civilian assistance for 24 hours. The authorities will also alert their people regarding the possibility of incoming flash floods or heavy rainstorm during the weekend.

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