Thailand’s Meteorological Department issued storm warnings for 14 southern provinces on Thursday, October 17, as torrential rains are expected over the coming days. The warnings remain in effect through Saturday, October 19, and officials have warned of possible flash flooding and high waves along coastal areas. Provinces under heavy rain warnings include: Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, and Satun. Updated information can be found on the Met website here.
Flooding and associated transportation, power, and commercial disruptions are possible in the affected areas over the coming days.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power, transportation, commercial, and communications disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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