Brace yourselves, Thailand, because it looks like we’re going to be in for some heavy showers starting today and going right through Sunday.
In the latest weather warning, issued at 4am, the Thai Meteorological Department warns that the kingdom will experience torrential rains and strong winds as a result of tropical storm Podul (also known as Jenny), which is sweeping its way across the South China Sea.
Podul has been labeled as a category three storm, which means it is expected to be quite severe, with possible power failures and structural damage as well as possible flash flooding. Strong winds are also expected to create waves in the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand as high as three meters. Small boats have been warned to stay tuned for weather warnings.
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A statement from Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha’s office yesterday said the PM was “very concerned” about the passing storm and advised citizens to closely check weather updates and act according to official recommendations.
At the same time, Prayuth is hoping Podul will help ease water shortages in 30 of the 48 provinces currently struggling with the ongoing drought.
Today heavy rains are expected to hit the following provinces:
While on Friday and Saturday heavy to very heavy rains are expected to shower:
And finally on Sunday, the following areas will be affected.