The Thai Meteorological Department’s Southern Meteorological Center (West Coat) issued a severe weather warning for the South of Thailand, including Phuket and the Andaman Sea.
Waves along the Andaman coast are two to three metres high today and tomorrow (July 9-10), and a precautionary warning was issued for flash floods.
“The storm has affected the weather for the past few couple days. Today is looking better and no sections at any beaches have been closed entirely,”Phuket Lifeguard Chief Prathaiyuth Chuayuan told The Phuket News today.
“But we still recommend that people, especially tourists, enter the water only at the areas marked by red-yellow flags as safe to swim where lifeguards are on duty,” he said.
Super Typhoon Nepartak, the first Category 5 storm of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, slammed Taiwan on Thursday and Friday (July 7-8) with winds of up to 240kmh, overturning cars and forcing the evacuation of 15,000 people from their homes.
At least two people died and 72 were injured in the typhoon.