Category 2 Tropical depression Podul brings heavy rain with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph (34 mph) as it passes over the northern Nakhon Pahanom, Sakon Nakhon, Udon Thani, Nong Bua Lamphu and Loei provinces, as of the afternoon (local time) on Friday, August 30. Podul is then expected to decline to a low-pressure cell as it continues to move west. Heavy rain, thundershowers, and strong winds are expected across the country until at least Sunday, September 1. The Thai Meteorogical Department has warned of possible flash floods and asked all ships to proceed with caution in the upper Andaman Sea and upper Gulf as waves are likely to reach 2-4 meters (and above 4 meters in thundershowers). Associated transportation and business disruptions are anticipated in the event of localized flooding or landslides.
Tropical cyclones and typhoons are common in the western Pacific and the South China Sea from June through November.
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by the storm are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation 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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