April 11, 2007
The National Meteorological Office has advised people in Montecristi, Santiago Rodr�guez, San Juan and Independencia provinces to take precautions against flash flooding and landslides. The forecasters report that a weather front located over western Haiti is moving in an east-southeasterly direction, leading to light to moderate rains across the country. Heavy rains have killed 2, and at least 1,200 were evacuated in Santiago, the country�s second largest city, where the historic fort of San Luis partially collapsed. An active hurricane season for 2007 has been predicted for the Caribbean and Mexico. Seventeen tropical storms and nine hurricanes are expected, and five hurricanes are expected to be of very strong intensity. �We have increased our predictions for the 2007 season largely due to the quick dissipation of El Nino conditions.�
Torrential Rains/ Floods/ Landslides
THAILAND - The Meteorological Department has issued a second warning of possible violent summer storms in Bangkok today, as well as throughout much of upper Thailand. "A cold air mass from China and hot weather of Thailand will create tropical storms, heavy rain, gusty wind, and hail in some provinces of Thailand." The North and Northeast were already affected by the weather. In addition, forecasters expect heavy rain in the South throughout the Songkran weekend, which begins in earnest tomorrow afternoon. Waves of about two metres are expected off Phuket and other Andaman coastal provinces.
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