By THE NATION
MEA public relations director Phasuk Sampunnachote said the Thai Meteorological Department had forecast that tropical storm Noul was expected to hit the North and Northeast of Thailand over the weekend, and warned people in risky areas to beware of strong winds, flash floods and water runoffs.
“People who live in flood-prone areas should move their power outlets up to safer positions to avoid electrical hazards. Also check and make sure that electrical appliances and wires in your house are in good condition,” she said. “When you are outdoor during thundershowers, please keep away from large trees or billboards for your safety. Owners of billboards should also make sure that they are secured and located in a safe distance from power lines in case the wind knocks them over.”
Phasuk also advised homeowners to trim their tree branches that grow near power lines, as they pose risk of electrical shock and could cause power blackouts during strong winds.
“The MEA has prepared staff to perform emergency repairs to damaged power lines 24 hours a day during this weekend. We have also installed backup power systems in key areas to make sure that all MEA customers have uninterrupted power in all situations,” she added.
To report damaged or unsafe power lines and other electrical equipment, contact MEA Call Centre at 1130, Twitter: @MEA_news, Line: @meathailand, Facebook: @Metropolitan.Electricity.Authority or download the “MEA Smart Life” mobile app, available for both Android and iOS users at http://onelink.to/measmartlife