THREE tropical depressions are expected to roar into Thailand during October 11-20 as observed by Mr. Chawalit Chantararat, chief executive officer of Team Consulting Engineering and Management Plc, or Team Group, Sanook.com reported today (October 12).
He warned the public that these storms could bring week-long rain in parts of the country and to be prepared for the bad weather.
Forecast about the three storms are as follows:
(1) Tropical Storm Linfa, which is the year’s 15th, formed in the South China Sea and moved westwards, making landfall in Vietnam yesterday, October 11. It brought heavy to very heavy rain in Danang, Dong Hoi, Quang Ngai and nearby areas.
The storm is dumping heavy rain in southern Laos today, October 12, particularly in Attapeukong, Champasak and Pakse cities.
In Thailand there is moderate rain in Ubon Ratchathani and Sisaket provinces and more general rain throughout the Northeast.
This storm will continue dumping rain generally in Central and Northeast regions tomorrow.
(2) Another tropical depression is likely forming in the South China Sea today, October 12, and moving westwards and could turn into this year’s 16th one.
This new storm is expected to trigger heavy to very heavy rain on Hainan Island tomorrow.
It will make landfall in Vietnam on October 14, dumping heavy rain in Dong Hoi and nearby areas.
On October 15, there will be heavy to very heavy rain in the central area of Laos, particularly in Phonsavan and Vientiane cities.
In Thailand this next storm will trigger more rain in the Northeast, East, Central and Western regions, particularly Petchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces, and also the South.
(3) This year’s 17th tropical depression is expected to form tomorrow, October 13, in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the Philippines.
It will move westwards during October 14-15, triggering heavy to very heavy rain in Manila and nearby areas.
The storm will then swing further westward across the South China Sea and land in Vietnam on October 17, causing heavy to very heavy rain in Tuy Hoa, Quy Nhon and Nha Trang cities, with heavy to moderate downpour hitting the coastal area from Da Nang to Quy Nhon.
On Oct. 18, this storm will move to Cambodia dumping heavy to very heavy rain in Stung Teng province and moderate rain across the rest of this neighbouring country.
On October 19, this storm will start hitting Thailand bringing heavy rain in Trat and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces and moderate rain in lower Northeast, East and Central regions including Bangkok and surrounding provinces.
The next day, October 20, rain from this storm will decrease to moderate level in Trat and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces. However there will continue to be more downpour in the lower Northeast, East and lower Central regions, including Bangkok and surrounding provinces.
Meanwhile Mr. Anucha Buraphachaisri, a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered concerned agencies to prepare for the powerful new storm Linfa as it is expected to hit the lower Central region, Bangkok and surrounding provinces, the East and upper South regions dumping heavy rain in some places.
People are urged to beware of heavy downpour with officials told to immediately issue warnings for any areas expected to be severely affected so that the public could move their belongings to higher ground or evacuate. They are also urged not to travel from place to place if not urgently needed to do so.
Those who have any questions should call the weather hotline, 1182, with the service available all 24 hours.
Top: A bad storm hitting a part of Thailand. Thai headline says, “Watch out as three storms are going to hit Thailand.” Photo: Sanook.com