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Heavy rains, strong winds expected in Northeast of Thailand as storm arrives in Vietnam

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Category 3 tropical storm "Linfa" made landfall over Quang Ngai, Vietnam at 10am on Sunday with sustained winds of 75 kilometres per hour (kph), the Thai Meteorological Department reported at 10am.

It is moving west at a speed of about 30kph and tending to weaken to a Category 2 tropical depression and a Category 1 active low-pressure cell, the department said.

Isolated heavy rains with strong winds will affect the eastern part of the lower northeastern provinces: Mukdahan, Yasothon, Roi Et, Amnat Charoen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Surin, Buriram, Sisaket and Ubon Ratchathani.

The strong southwest monsoon prevails over the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand. On Sunday and Monday, continuous rainfall and some heavy showers are forecast for the lower central region, including Bangkok and its vicinity, the East and the upper south. 

People should beware of the severe conditions that may cause flash floods and water runoffs, the department warned.

In the Andaman Sea and the upper Gulf of Thailand, the strong winds will trigger waves up to 2-3 metres high and more than three metres high in thundershowers. All ships should proceed with caution, and small boats should stay ashore, the department said.

Published : October 11, 2020

By : The Nation