Tropical storm make landfall in South Thailand Friday

Tropical storm Pabuk is moving into the Gulf of Thailand Thursday and will make landfall at the border of Chumphon province and Surat Thani province Friday evening, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Under the influence of the storm, heavy rain and strong wind will hit Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Krabi, Trang and Satun.

It will bring rain over a wide area in the southern region on Friday and Saturday. High waves and strong winds are forecast for both the Gulf and the Andaman Sea with waves up to three to five metres high in the Gulf and two to three metres high in the Andaman Sea. All ships should keep ashore.

Heavy rain in Narathiwat since Wednesday night prompted shops at Narathat beach to close Thursday. Coastal fishermen hauled their boats onshore for fear of the impact from the adverse weather.

Narathiwat governor ordered a special centre be set up to monitor the storm impacts around the clock and inform local residents to update the weather condition.

Residents in disaster prone areas, surrounded by the mountain range are warned to beware of a possible flash flood and mudslide.

In Songkhla, people along the coast were evacuated from their homes Wednesday night following heavy rain and strong wind.