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Tropical Storm Nock-ten to hit Thailand this weekend

BANGKOK, 28 July 2011 (NNT) – The Thai Meteorological Department has issued a warning against Tropical Storm Nock-ten, which is expected to hit Vietnam this weekend and cause heavy rains throughout the region, including Thailand.

According to Director-General of the Meteorological Department Torsak Wanichkhajorn, Tropical Storm Nock-ten currently dominating the South China Sea is about to reach the Chinese island of Hainan before entering the Gulf of Tonkin and making a landfall in Vietnam during 30-31 July.

The storm system, which earlier wreaked havoc in the Philippines, will prompt the southwest monsoon in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand to strengthen, resulting in widespread heavy downpours across Thailand, particularly the northern and northeastern regions. Provinces most vulnerable to flooding include Nan, Phrae and Uttaradit.

Therefore, the Meteorological Department encouraged people nationwide, especially those living near hill slopes and waterways, to be on high alert for possible flash floods, mudslides and overflows of rivers.

As waves are forecast to be 2-4 meters high, fishermen are urged to exercise extreme caution while at sea. Small boats are recommended to be kept ashore during 30 July-2 August.

Read more: NNT


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