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Pabuk thrashes into the south

By Pratch Rujivanarom 
The Nation weekend

 

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Tropical storm weakens after making landfall, but risk remains high of flash floods and landslides

 

AMID THREATS of gale-force winds, storm surges and flash flooding, citizens and travellers in the South are still not safe despite having seen the worst of Tropical Storm Pabuk as it crossed the peninsula. 

 

Multiple reports indicate that Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Pha-ngan and the eastern coast of Nakhon Si Thammarat are imperilled by waves at least three metres high and strong winds. Mountainous inland areas of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Phang Nga, Trang and Krabi are at risk of flash floods and landslides. 

 

The Meteorological Department announced that the storm made landfall in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Pak Phanang district at 4pm Friday, carrying winds at speeds of up to 75 kilometres per hour.

 

Though the storm is expected to lose strength as it crosses the South bound for the Andaman Sea, the department believes it will remain powerful, heading northwest towards Surat Thani at 18kph. 

 

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Most of the South faces more torrential rain and flash floods, it said. 

 

It issued a warning of heavy downpours and strong winds on Saturday for Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.

 

Thon Thamrongnawasawat of Kasetsart University’s Faculty of Fisheries said that, even though the Gulf would calm once Pabuk moved on, strong winds and high waves would continue to batter the eastern coasts of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Pha-ngan in Surat Thani and the coast of Nakhon Si Thammarat. 

 

Anond Snidvongs, director of Geo Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, said it detected six-metre-high waves off the eastern coast of Koh Samui. Judging by the direction of the wind, he said, the waves would be carried to the shores of Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani.

 

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The Marine Meteorological Centre forecast that these areas could expected a storm surge above three metres throughout Friday night, with their height and severity varying according to shoreline topography. 

 

The Meteorological Department also advised all ships to remain anchored until at least Sunday. Coastal residents have been told to be wary of surges as strong winds whip up waves five metres high in the Gulf and three metres in the Andaman. 

 

Thon cautioned residents living inland that the storm was expected to linger until Saturday morning at least and bring enormous amounts of rain to Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi and Trang, intensifying the risk of flash floods and landslides.

 

“Torrential rain is expected to flood low-lying areas in those provinces for quite a long time because drainage will be slowed by high tides,” he said. 

 

Phuwieng Prakhammintara, director-general of the Meteorological Department, said the storm had slowed to just 13kph after hitting a maximum speed of 65kph. 

 

“Due to its slow movement, rain will continue over large parts of the South, so people should be aware of forest runoffs and flash floods, especially tonight [Friday],” he said.

 

The Royal Irrigation Department said 1,031 areas across the South were at the risk of flash floods and landslides. 

 

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Since Pabuk is expected to move over the Andaman on Saturday, Thon predicts rough conditions, but he said the waves would not be as high as they were in the Gulf during the storm.

 

Nevertheless, he advised fishermen and tourists to avoid going out to sea because it was still too dangerous. 

 

The Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute said Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Lan Saka district had already witnessed 220 millimetres of rain as of Friday evening. Many areas in the South were expected to get more than 300mm of rain overnight.

 

Pabuk’s impact on Thursday and Friday was severe along the eastern coasts of Nakhon Si Thammarat and Songkhla. Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Phak Phanang district was the worst hit on Friday. It was pounded by gales of up to 120kph and intensive flooding.

Coastal areas of the district were crushed under high waves, shutting down traffic and damaging buildings along the shore. 

 

Pattani on the southern border suffered less than expected, though there was at least one casualty after a fishing vessel sank in rough seas.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30361639

 

 
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GSB suspends loan payments for 4 months for Pabuk victims

By The Nation

 

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The Government Savings Bank or GSB has offered to suspend monthly installment payments monthly in the first four months of the new year for its customers impacted by tropical storm Pabuk, the bank's president Chatchai Payuhanaveechai said on Friday.

 

After four months, if a customer has not yet recovered sufficient income to resume payments, they can ask the bank to suspend having to pay the principle and pay only interest rates for two or three years, he said.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30361634

 

 
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GHB offers 0% loans in wake of Pabuk

By The Nation

 

The Government Housing Bank (GHB) has announced measures, including a zero per cent interest rate loan, for qualified customers who need assistance after tropical storm Pabuk.

 

The bank said in a press release on Friday that customers who have had their house destroyed by the storm and want to rebuild will get a loan at zero interest rate for the first four months.

 

GHB also offers a special 3 per cent a year interest rate for the first three year for renovation of homes for new and existing customers.

 

And for customers who had their homes destroyed and cannot work, the bank will suspend loan payments for the first four months and offer zero per cent interest rate for the first year.

 

As well, the bank will restructure the debt of customers who lose their earnings due to the storm and offer 1 per cent interest rate for the first year.

 

Also, customers disabled by the storm will get a loan interest rate of 0.01 per cent.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30361627

 

 
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Thai Military to provide assistance to residents affected by Pabuk

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BANGKOK, 4th January 2019, (NNT) - All branches of the military will provide assistance to residents being affected by tropical storm Pabuk . 

 

Supreme Commander General Pornpipat Benyasri has instructed the disaster mitigation center of the military in each affected province to set up mobile rescue units and closely follow the progress of the storm. He told the military personnel to be prepared to help the local residents to evacuate and provide medical services when they need. 

 

The Royal Thai Air Force has reportedly prepared three helicopters for possible search and rescue missions, and two Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft for aerial reinforcement. The Air Force has also readied flatboats, water pumps, power generators, water supply trucks and mobile kitchen units. 

 

Meanwhile, Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Navy Admiral Luechai Ruddit has visited the Air and Coastal Defense Commands in the provinces of Ranong and Satun to inspect their readiness for the storm and raise the morale of the officials there.

 

 
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The BBC News video is pathetic. I learned from first hand experience during our rescue efforts in the 2004 Tsunami that the international news broadcasts were far from the reality on the ground. Always looking to sensationalize the normal.

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45 minutes ago, Phuketshrew said:

The BBC News video is pathetic. I learned from first hand experience during our rescue efforts in the 2004 Tsunami that the international news broadcasts were far from the reality on the ground. Always looking to sensationalize the normal.

Agree, been on Samui 13 years, this was nothing...

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Pabuk: The worst is over as southern Thailand mops up

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The potential for any further problems associated with Tropical Storm Pabuk are diminished as the remnants of the storm continue to move westward and out to sea away from the Andaman Coast.

 

The general consensus is that, whilst unseasonal and packing high wind speeds (for Thailand), the storm’s impact was less than predicted causing minimal damage to infrastructure in the region.

 

The Thai Meteorological Department say that the storm made landfall in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Pak Phanang district at 4pm Friday, packing winds speeds of up to 75 kilometres per hour. The wind speeds, whilst high for Thailand, were not ‘cyclonic’ or as high as a ‘typhoon’. But the unseasonal nature of the storm, arriving in January, was a very rare weather event.

 

Full story: https://thethaiger.com/news/phuket/pabuk-the-worst-is-over-as-southern-thailand-mops-up

 

 
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we were expecting strong winds to hit us(Surat Thani) last night but it never eventuated, lots of rain but this morning we woke to light sky, no wind and no rain. Last night the local port had strong winds and waves but that was it, we are grateful that what was forecast didnt happen  though.

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Latest : Severe weather warning as Pabuk leaves trail of damage

By Marisa Chimprabha 
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Tropical storm Pabuk that swept across Nakhon Si Thammarat province late yesterday has already moved into the Andaman Sea.

 

Phuwieng Prakhammintara, director general of the weather department, said on Saturday that the storm, the first of 2019, moved on to the Andaman Sea at 9am.

 

However, he warned of heavy rains and strong winds in many provinces of the Southern region including Prachuab Khiri Kan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket and Krabi.

 

People in those areas should be cautious of possible forest runoffs and flash flood, he said.

 

Strong winds are forecast with waves up to 3 to 5 meters high in both the Gulf and the Andaman Sea. 

 

All ships should stay ashore in the following days and people along the coast should beware of inshore surges, he said.

 

Yesterday Pabuk moved from the Gulf of Thailand and made landfall at Nakhon Si Thammarat about 1pm before sweeping through the province and nearby provinces. 

 

Strong winds and heavy rains damaged houses, roads and uprooted electrical poles and trees. Tens of thousands of people were forced to spend the night in shelters.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30361660

 

 
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Pabuk to cross Phuket

By The Phuket News

 

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Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana breaks the news after a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall this morning (Jan 5). Photo: PR Dept
 

PHUKET: The centre of tropical storm Pabuk is forecast to cross Phuket later today (Jan 5), after cross Ao Leuk in Krabi overnight.

 

The weather warning for Phuket remains in force, with all boats banned from leaving shore and emergency services still on standby.

 

Pabuk so far has very little impact on Phuket, Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana was informed at 8am this morning at a meeting held at a “disaster command centre” set up at Phuket Provincial Hall.


Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/pabuk-to-cross-phuket-69899.php#djBQJJDvIj5UJIgj.97

 

 
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1 hour ago, DrTuner said:

To conclude, only thing that wasn't a dud was the hype cycle?

 

1 hour ago, rooster59 said:

Strong winds and heavy rains damaged houses, roads and uprooted electrical poles and trees. Tens of thousands of people were forced to spend the night in shelters

 

Not for everyone...

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2 hours ago, rooster59 said:

Pabuk to cross Phuket

By The Phuket News

 

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Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana breaks the news after a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall this morning (Jan 5). Photo: PR Dept
 

PHUKET: The centre of tropical storm Pabuk is forecast to cross Phuket later today (Jan 5), after cross Ao Leuk in Krabi overnight.

 

The weather warning for Phuket remains in force, with all boats banned from leaving shore and emergency services still on standby.

 

Pabuk so far has very little impact on Phuket, Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana was informed at 8am this morning at a meeting held at a “disaster command centre” set up at Phuket Provincial Hall.


Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/pabuk-to-cross-phuket-69899.php#djBQJJDvIj5UJIgj.97

 

 
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Are they looking at a different weather map from the rest of us?

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7 hours ago, MekkOne said:

I was right in the middle of it, nothing described here happened...

Are you burning incense now to give thanks to Prayut, the governor, and Big Joke?😉

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Not a dud, but not worst case either.

 

We can be thankful the islands didn’t get both sides of the storm, still charging with warm water while still over warm seas, with the calm eye in the middle luring the under-informed or foolishly arrogant outside to lookie lou. That could have been far, far worse.

 

Blessings to the injured and RIP to the dead.

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I decided to leave Samui on Wednesday. For several reasons.

- My family was with me 2 elderly and 2 children.

- When reading the news I thought immediately of 2004 boxing day Tsunami and 2011 great flood.

- Media hype or not those 2 events were etched in my mind as terrible natural disasters and I wasn't going to wait and see what happens in Samui.

- My flights and ferry were booked for Saturday night. Today. What if I couldn't get off in time. Ferries cancelled, airport shut, etc

- I was upset my holiday ended prematurely and protested to the end arguing it over with the rest of my family but they won and I had to give in.

- The risk of losing money if flights were missed or ferries were booked also came into the equation.

- The mass exodus after the storm all leaving at the same time.

So these factors contributed to my decision to get out quick and now I'm glad I did.

You see it's not just the wind.

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2 hours ago, anterian said:

It was nice of the BBC to interview a typical English family 😄

 

My first thought as well. BBC policy nowadays 

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It's been seven years since I did not move at all from Samui.

With all that we have been told I was not reassured.

My wife's family, worried by the news they saw on TV, phoned us three times.

In the end, If we had not been told so much we would not have realized anything.                                                The rain? We saw exactly the same amount several times ...the wind for short periods, yes was a bit stronger than many times before, but nothing really abnormal in our mind, at least in Maret where we are!

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16 minutes ago, gazzzz said:

My first thought as well. BBC policy nowadays 

Perhaps you could elaborate?

 

You wouldn't be making a blatantly racist comment now, would you? Emboldened by a fellow bigot?

 

Your comments are about as welcome here as the ape your user name celebrates - the biggest palooka English football ever produced...

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1 hour ago, Wilsonandson said:

I decided to leave Samui on Wednesday. For several reasons.

- My family was with me 2 elderly and 2 children.

- When reading the news I thought immediately of 2004 boxing day Tsunami and 2011 great flood.

- Media hype or not those 2 events were etched in my mind as terrible natural disasters and I wasn't going to wait and see what happens in Samui.

- My flights and ferry were booked for Saturday night. Today. What if I couldn't get off in time. Ferries cancelled, airport shut, etc

- I was upset my holiday ended prematurely and protested to the end arguing it over with the rest of my family but they won and I had to give in.

- The risk of losing money if flights were missed or ferries were booked also came into the equation.

- The mass exodus after the storm all leaving at the same time.

So these factors contributed to my decision to get out quick and now I'm glad I did.

You see it's not just the wind.

you did the right thing. Had circumstances  been ever so slightly different in respect to tracking and concurrent temperatures/wind etc. the storm would have been much worse. Because we  dodged a bullet, some will say, what a hoax. However, experience  has taught us that weather is never consistent and we can and do get slammed. Better to be alive than dead,

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If that is a fierce once in a 40-year epic storm all I can say is Thailand has nothing to worry about from storms. :whistling:

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12 hours ago, DrTuner said:

To conclude, only thing that wasn't a dud was the hype cycle?

Guess for you it wasn't good either what they did. Better to be warned for nothing then not being warned.

9 hours ago, JoePai said:

Nothing but a storm in a tea cup....

Luckly you lived probably far away from that tea cup. Those others i have seen on vdo weren't  that happy at all.

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