Thailand’s Meteorological Department have issued a severe weather warning for southern provinces. A tropical depression over the South China Sea has been upgraded and named tropical storm ‘Pabuk’. Strong winds, heavy rain and flooding are forecast to affect a number of areas in southern Thailand over the coming week (January 2 to January 6). Khao Sod report that if the storm hits as forecast, it will be the first time in decades a tropical storm has directly struck Thailand.
Locations that have been warned to prepare for adverse weather and potential travel disruption include the popular tourist destinations of Hua Hin, Ko Samui, Krabi and Phuket. With strong winds and big waves being forecast for both the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, some boat services will be disrupted. This is the list of provinces covered by the weather warning:
- Nakhon Si Thammarat
- Phang Nga
- Prachuap Khiri Khan
- Surat Thani
Although Bangkok is not covered by the weather warning, the weather system may also have an impact further inland that could result in heavy downpours in a number of other locations. This includes the Thai capital, central Thailand and other areas along the eastern seaboard.