THAI weathermen issued a warning at 4 a.m.this morning that tropical storm Nuri is now heading for southern coast of China and is likely to make a landfall during June 13-14 while the southwesterly monsoon is also strengthening during June 13-16 with the combined weather patterns to bring very heavy rain to Thailand,
People in risky areas are warned to beware of severe conditions with these being as follows:
On 13 June 2020:
- Northeast: Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Bung Kan, Sakhon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Si Sa Ket, Amnat Charoen, Yasothon and Ubon Ratchathani.
- East: Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.
- South: Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket and Krabi.
During 14-15 June 2020:
- North: Chiang Rai, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit and Phetchabun.
- Northeast: Loei, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Udon Thani, Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Kalasin, Roi Et, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen, Mukdahan, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani.
- Central: Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Uthai Thani, Suphan Buri, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Nakhon Prathom, Ayutthaya and including Bangkok and its vicinity.
- East: Nakhon Nayok, Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.
- South: Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong, Phangnga and Phuket.
On 16 June 2020:
- North: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit and Phetchabun.
- Northeast: Loei, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Udon Thani, Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon, and Nakhon Phanom.
- Central: Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Uthai Thani, Suphan Buri, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram and Nakhon Prathom.
- East: Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.
- South: Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ranong and Phangnga.
The wind and waves over the Andaman Sea and the Gulf will strengthen. Waves in the Andaman Sea will rise up to about two metres and above two metres in thundershowers areas. All ships should proceed with caution and avoid thunderstorms.
Tropical storm Nuri, a former tropical depression, emerged over the South China Sea after navigating the rugged terrain of the northern Philippines. Once over the open water, the system was able to strengthen, despite strong wind shear that is in place across the South China Sea, Accuweatther reported.
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) designated this system a tropical storm and gave it the name Nuri since it strengthened in the agency’s region of responsibility. The system is still known as Butchoy in the Philippines.
Nuri is forecast to track toward the southern coast of China this weekend where it will spread areas of tropical downpours to the region, including in major metro areas such as Macau and Hong Kong.
“Rainfall amounts of 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) can be expected across Hong Kong and along the southern China coast,” stated AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards.
This amount of rain can lead to localized flooding, especially in low-lying areas and locations with poor drainage.
Nuri is forecast to lose some wind strength throughout the weekend and could become a tropical depression before making landfall west of Macau on Sunday. This would bring locally damaging wind gusts to the southern China coast, especially along and to the east of the centre of the storm.
Wind gusts of 80-97 km/h (50-60 mph) are possible as Nuri moves onshore.
Meanwhile Hong Kong’s Observatory is set to issue a typhoon signal No 3 on Saturday afternoon as Nuri moves in, South China Morning Post reported. .
The Observatory said on Saturday morning that it expected to raise the signal between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. as strong wind would hit speeds of 41-62km/h, with gusts exceeding 110km/h.
It said the tropical cyclone was located at the southeast of Hong Kong and was drifting towards the northeast and the coastal area of Guangdong.
The storm will reach closest to Hong Kong on Sunday.
Top: Satellite image of Nuri published by Accuweather.
Insert: Map showing Nuri’s direction also published by Accuweather.