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5/02/2007

Worst storm in 46 years set to strike

Breaking Storm News
Thailand

WORST STORM IN 46 YEARS set to strike - The Meteorological Department yesterday warned upper-southern provinces to be prepared for a tropical depression that would bring the heaviest rainfall in 46 years. An active low-pressure area in the Gulf of Thailand had gathered strength to become a tropical depression by yesterday afternoon. They warned it would cause very heavy rain similar to that experienced in May 1961. The depression was due to hit land between Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chumphon at 8pm last night. Residents of the two provinces were warned to be on alert for flash-floods. The Tanaosi Mountain Range in Prachuap Khiri Khan has yielded reddish water, indicating heavy rainfall could cause floods in the lower surrounding areas. Owners of small boats were urged not to leave harbour and captains of bigger vessels to be cautious until tomorrow as high waves would hit the upper Gulf of Thailand. Governors of 25 provinces were urged to prepare for heavy rain, floods, strong winds, landslides and high waves. The stormy weather is expected to linger for a few days.
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