Warning Mekkhla tropical storm on 26 provinces

September 30th, 2008 - 9:47 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Mr. Supalerk Tansriratanawong, Director-General, Meteorological Department, warns for upcoming impact of Mekkhla tropical storm causing torrential heavy rains over 26 provinces throuhout Thailand between September 29 and October 2.

Mr. Supalerk Tansriratanawong, Director-General, the Meteorological Department said that at 9.00 p.m. today (September 29), the tropical storms Mekkala in the upper South China Sea, was centered at latitude 17.0°N, longtitude 109.5 °E or 170 km. far from Danang, Vietnam with sustained wind 85 km/hour.

It is moving northwestwards at a speed of 15 km/hr. It is expected to move to the bay of Tonkin and upper Vietnam.

Torrential rain is likely over Thailand with heavy falls in many places of the north, northeast, east and south.

People in the risky areas along foothills and water ways especially in Nong Khai, Sakon Nakhon, Udon Thani, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Buri Ram, Surin, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Chanthaburi, Trat, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Uttaradit, Phetchabun, Krabi, Trang and Satun should beware of flooding conditions in the following 1-3 days.

The rather strong southwest monsoon prevails over the Andaman Sea and the Gulf. Wave height is expected about 2 metres and above 2 metres in thundershower areas. All ships should proceed with caution during September 29–October 2.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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