Met Dept: Typhoon Nesat to strike Vietnam today

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BANGKOK, 30 September 2011  – The Thai Meteorological Department has reported that Typhoon Nesat will make a landfall in Northern Vietnam later today while nine provinces in Thailand will face heavy rains caused by the Southwest monsoon. 

The Meteorological Department has issued its third warning against Typhoon Nesat, of which the center is currently located just above the Chinese island of Hainan. The storm system is reportedly moving northwestward at the speed of 18 kilometers per hour with a wind gust of 120 kilometers per hour.

Later today, the typhoon is expected to sweep through the Gulf of Tonkin and make a landfall in the northern region of Vietnam. People in Thailand are encouraged to brace for possible impacts and follow up weather reports on a constant basis.

At the same time, the department indicated that the strengthening Southwest monsoon in the Andaman Sea, the southern region and the Gulf of Thailand would trigger torrential rains mainly in the East and the Andaman coast of the South. Residents of Nakhon Nayok, Chanthaburi, Trat, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun should beware of flashfloods and mudslides during this period.

High waves of 2-4 meters will be seen in both the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. All boat navigators are thus urged to exercise extreme caution while at sea.