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Weather alert for Phuket, Andaman

Weather alert for Phuket, Andaman

PHUKET: The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) has issued a weather warning for Phuket and the Andaman coast, advising small boats to stay ashore and people in coastal areas to beware strong squalls.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 7 August 2018, 10:10AM

Strong winds reaching up to 40km/h are forecast, the same strength reported by the TMD on July 5, the day the Phoenix sank. Image: TMD

Strong winds reaching up to 40km/h are forecast, the same strength reported by the TMD on July 5, the day the Phoenix sank. Image: TMD

“People should beware of severe conditions. Outbreaks of more rain, as well as isolated heavy downpour, will be expected over the country, said the warning, issued by TMD Director-General Wanchai Sakudomchai.

“The strong wind and waves are forecast two to three meters high in the Andaman Sea, about two meters high in the upper Gulf and above three meters high in thundershower areas,” the warning noted.

“All ships should proceed with caution, and small boats keep ashore,” Mr Wanchai urged.

“People along the coast of the western South and the East should beware strong winds,” he added.

Cloudy with showers and isolated heavy rain, is the weather forecast, with southwesterly winds in Phuket gusting 20-40km/h.

The waether warning comes as a monsoon trough lies across the upper North and the upper Northeast to the active low pressure over the South China Sea while the strong southwest monsoon prevails across the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand, the warning noted.

The warning will remain in effect today through Thursday (Aug 7-9).

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Galong | 08 August 2018 - 11:02:57

Weather forecasts are extremely important, but I guess this is somewhat like putting a sign up at the entrance to a cave: this is all the officials think it takes to prevent accidents.  God forbid any authorities actually patrol and do some proactive patrolling to prevent an accident.

Kurt | 07 August 2018 - 13:54:35

..Small boats to stay ashore"..  ? Hahaha.
All small boats sailed out already this morning.
No Officials to stop them!
Long live the Phuket tourist safety.

Xonax | 07 August 2018 - 11:48:34

Would have been nice for tourists to have known a little earlier, before they boarded the irresponsible speedboat´s this morning.


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