Phuket on high alert as weather warning reissued

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PHUKET: The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) has reiterated its severe weather warning across the Kingdom of Thailand which is expected to continue through Monday (April 18). The warning was also shared by Phuket officials.

The Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket) shared the TMD warning earlier today (April 16), although Phuket is not directly listed among the provinces that will be affected in the coming days.

“The area of ​​high pressure with a moderate cold air mass has expanded to cover upper Vietnam, upper Laos and the South China Sea. It is expected to spread to cover the northeast region of Thailand today. Today (April 16) With the weather in Thailand remaining hot and very hot, the combination of these conditions will bring summer storms during the day from April 16 to 18 with storms, thunderstorms, gusty winds and hail to some places, lightning in some areas,” the warning reads.

The provinces affected first are Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Kalasin, Mukdahan, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen, Surin, Sisaket and Ubon Ratchathani. In the next phase, Bangkok with its surroundings and the upper South will be affected.

“People are urged to be aware of possible dangers and to avoid staying in the open [during thunderstorms] as well as hiding under tall trees, near unstable buildings and billboards. Also be careful when traveling in stormy areas, where strong winds and lightning can pose a hazard. Farmers must be prepared to protect their crops,” TMD warned.

According to the previous iteration of the warning (but not repeated in the current one), Phuket is forecasting heavy rain from April 18-21.

Phuket officials are asking boat operators to closely monitor weather updates and ensure all safety equipment is fully operational.

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