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Storm warning for Northern Thailand

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Thunderstorms with gusty winds and hail are forecast for the north, northeast, central Thailand including Bangkok and the east from today through Monday.

The Meteorological Department warned on Friday that south and south-east winds prevailing over northern Thailand will strengthen through Monday, while a moderate high-pressure system from China will extend north and northeast from Sunday through Monday.

Under these conditions, thunderstorms with gusty winds and hail are expected in the north, north-east, central Thailand, including Bangkok and the surrounding area, and east, according to the agency’s weather report.

People are advised to stay away from large trees, billboards and unsecured structures during this time.

As of Friday, the affected areas included 11 provinces in the north, all provinces in the northeast, 15 provinces in central Thailand including Bangkok, and all provinces in the east.

On Saturday and Sunday, 12 provinces in the north, the entire Northeast, 15 provinces in the Central Plains including Bangkok and all eastern provinces are affected.

On Monday, 12 provinces in the north, eight provinces in the northeast, 11 provinces in the Central Plains including Bangkok, and all provinces in the east will be affected.

Storms and hail raged across Khon Kaen, Phitsanulok and Nakhon Ratchasima on Thursday evening, damaging many homes.

In Khon Kaen, Peerapong Muenpong, head of the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation bureau, said Friday that storms and hail damaged more than 200 houses in Waeng Yai, Ban Phai, Nong Rua and Nong Song Hong districts. Officials are investigating the damage in other areas, he added.

In Phitsanulok, more than 50 homes in four tambons in Muang district were damaged, with roofs blown off, as storms and heavy rain hit the areas on Thursday night.

Local officials from the province’s Disaster Management and Damage Control Bureau surveyed the damage in the affected areas on Friday morning. In some areas, storms brought down power poles and large trees.

In Nakhon Ratchasima, storms and gusty winds devastated some areas in Bua Yai, Phimai and Kaeng Sanam Nang districts on Thursday evening.

Local authorities were investigating damage to houses and other buildings in the affected areas.

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