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Phuket surf danger warning issued amid Super Typhoon fallout

PHUKET: Lifeguards along Phuket’s west coast are urging swimmers to exercise caution at the beaches today (July 9) as the fallout from Super Typhoon Nepartak, which has slammed Taiwan, stirs up dangerous surf.

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Saturday 9 July 2016, 12:40PM


Phuket beach-goers, especially tourists, are urged to swim only between the red-yellow flags where lifeguards are on duty. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Phuket beach-goers, especially tourists, are urged to swim only between the red-yellow flags where lifeguards are on duty. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

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.

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“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.

 

 

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Joe12 | 11 July 2016 - 13:17:23

Christy.....the advice to the public was given correctly. That's the point of the article.

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Christy Sweet | 11 July 2016 - 10:14:09

As a former Florida resident with 6 serious hurricane experiences, I feel I can inform Joe 12 that hurricanes have a relatively small path of serious destruction, only 5 miles or so, in the worst cases and travel at fairly slow speeds- like 10-20 mph.  A hurricane in the South China Sea, while may look monstrous on a weather map with a large region covered in clouds is simply not going to affect surf 2000 miles away and across a land mass. Nor is it "going to turn and hit Phuket suddenly.." as Joe 12 writes somewhat ludicrously.
 To make either claim stems from ignorance which is, as Ed Sanders points out, fairly standard among Thai officials -even those who should know better. Perhaps the original warning was a mis-translation? 

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Christy Sweet | 11 July 2016 - 07:26:45

I agree Joe 112, that was the point of the article. I was addressing your prior post claiming Ed Sanders was wrong. Now that you're called out on the 1000+ miles distance, Taiwan's far distant location and how the storm could not have had an affect on Phuket, (authorities are spouting nonsense, again,) you're now simply shifting away from your prior assertions without admitting you were wrong.

 It's called "moving the goal posts" and it's a weak discourse tactic- just like the ad hominem you are so fond of.

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Joe12 | 10 July 2016 - 22:06:53

Christy...The point of the article was that in view of the typhoon's presence in the area, authorities to their credit informed the people to be vigilant.  Had it changed course, you would have said, "why didn't the idiots inform us." 

The article indicates that both the met office and lifeguards indicate that the typhoon had affected the weather in the area, so it was a legitimate responsible action. 

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Christy Sweet | 10 July 2016 - 14:42:02

Joe12,

Taiwan is very much way north and east of Vietnam as was that storm- in fact it gained strength so suddenly, so far away,  there is no way it impacted Phuket.

The  first picture in the linked NASA  map you give shows an orange blob with no reference to geography, the second clearly shows the storm above The Philippines, on the tropic of Cancer where Taiwan is located as shown by the outline of Taiwan. Now here's a simpler map that illustrates clearly how far Taiwan is and how far that typhoon was 
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/map01.htm 

That storm simply is too far away practically across half a continent to  have impacted the west coast of Thailand.

I'm reminded of one notorious declaration by a Thai meteorologist that polar ice melt would not impact Thailand as it was too far away.

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Joe12 | 10 July 2016 - 11:38:12

Ed...don't know where you got information from. The report states..."Super Typhoon Nepartak, the first Category 5 storm of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, slammed Taiwan on Thursday and Friday (July 7-8)"

Check this too: http://www.sciencealert.com/this-terrifying-nasa-image-shows-the-true-power-of-super-typhoon-nepartak

But...if you are upside down on your head, the super typhoon would be 1000 miles east of Vietnam. Like you say, it could be too that NASA is saying "It is this way because we told you it's this way" and if you don't believe us just take a look at the satelitte pics.

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Ed Sanders | 10 July 2016 - 00:26:23

Umm... the typhoon was nearly 1,000 miles east of Viet Nam... and about 2,000 miles east-northeast of Phuket...and had absolutely no effect on waves along Phuket's west coast.  Or is this another of those "It is this way because we told you it's this way" reports from Thai officials.

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