Earlier this week, weather warnings were issued by the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) for residents of Phuket. Heavy thunderstorms are expected to cross over the island throughout the next few days and all boat operators in the region have been advised to be extremely careful when out at sea.
The Director-General of the Thai Meteorological Department, Mr. Wanchai Sakudomchai declared that tropical storm Vamco, which was causing havoc over the central South China Sea, was also expected to bring heavy deluges throughout most of Thailand.
Early reports stated that Typhoon Vamco had at one point been close to Da Nang, Vietnam, with strong winds of 65kmh. It was also said to be moving west at a speed of 10kmh and forecasts stated that it would make landfall over central Vietnam on Tuesday, the fifteenth of September.
The fallout of this storm will be felt throughout most of Thailand, with heavy rains expected across the country, in the Northeast, East and lower central areas. Along the gulf of Thailand and the upper Andaman Sea, two to three metre waves are expected and ships in these regions are urged to be cautious.
Southwesterly winds are expected to push waves up very high in the areas of Ranong, Phang Nga, Krabi, Trang, Satun and Phuket. Most of these areas will probably be affected by heavy showers but in general, Typhoon Vamco won’t strike Thailand directly, it will just make the usual monsoon rains heavier.
The weather should calm down by the end of the week, so the weekend in Phuket should be back to its usual vibrant self.