By The Nation
Lifeguards raised red flags and put up signs informing tourists thatswimming had been banned until the weather improved.
The 10 beaches are Mai Khao, Nai Yang, Nai Thon, Bang, Surin, Kamala, Patong, Karon, Kata and Nai Han.
Apart from the strong winds and waves, Phuket was also hit by heavy downpours early Thursday morning with some parts of the Thep Kasattri area inundated.
Several other roads, including the old road along the Phuket airport runway and the main road in Patong, were also partially flooded.
The heavy rains so far had not affected landings and take-offs at Phuket International Airport, airport officials said.