High winds fell trees around Pattaya

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Strong winds fueled by a winter-storm front that brought flooding to the South and cooler temperatures across the eastern and central regions felled trees around the Pattaya area, snarling traffic and knocking out power.

A 20-meter-tall palm tree fell across Jomtien Beach Road near the Dongtan Curve Feb. 6, hitting power poles and blocking the road to weekend traffic. City workers quickly cut it into pieces for removal while Provincial Electricity Authority technicians checked the power lines.

A 20-meter-tall palm tree fell across Jomtien Beach Road near the Dongtan Curve, hitting power poles and blocking the road to weekend traffic.

Another coconut tree equally as tall toppled on Soi Nong Yai 10, colliding with electricity poles and a Saimanee Co. water truck. No one was injured. PEA workers shut down power in the area until repairs could be completed.

Numerous other small trees also succumbed to the winds, particularly in Jomtien Beach. Weather forecasters warned that the monsoonal front was to persist for several more days and advised people to beware strong winds and high waves throughout the Gulf of Thailand.