Typhoon Nari left the Philippines yesterday, leaving 12 people dead, and is heading due west for the coast of Vietnam and after that southern Laos and then Thailand. It packed winds gusting up to 185 kmh.
Although its progress across land will slow the typhoon winds, it is still expected to dump a lot of rain across the country, adding to the flooding woes being experienced in many provinces in the past few weeks.
Earlier today MCOT Online News reports that the wet weather in Thailand that followed Super-Typhoon Usagi (which hit China) and Typhoon Wutip (which crossed Vietnam and Laos into Thailand), caused about B708 million in tourism business losses in nine provinces.
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported that as of Tuesday Phisanulok was the hardest hit province with a loss of B223 million, followed by Ayutthaya, Ubon Ratchathani, Suphan Buri, Prachin Buri, Lop Buri, Srisaket, Singburi and Chai Nat.
The northern coast of the Bay of Bengal is meanwhile bracing for the arrival this evening of super-cyclone Phailin, with winds of up to 220 kmh. In India 400,000 [people have been evacuated to safer places.
Since January this year 17 severe tropical storms and typhoons have emerged from the Pacific to batter coats around the South China Sea.
In Phuket, thunderstorms are likely for the coming seven days, as the southwest monsoon continues to dump rain on the island. Reliably clear skies are unlikely until next Friday (October 18).