Songkhla: Residents of a village close to the sea in Songkhla’s Singkanakorn district have moved their belongings to higher ground in preparation for tropical storm Pabuk, which is expected to land in the Southern region on Friday.

Some rainfall and high waves have already hit the area of Hat Kaew village, forcing villagers to speed up preparations for possible evacuation.

Pabuk is the first storm of the year and the weather department forecast it to be strong enough to cause possible damage on Friday.

Noppadon Mongkondee, 27, said that his house is close to the sea so he and his wife started moving their belongings to higher ground as the house is at risk of being swept away by high waves.

“Every year, my house is attacked by high waves caused by storms. This year, we are warned that Pabuk will be a strong storm, so we moved our things to high places in advance,” he said.

Other villagers docked their vessels and moved them onto land. They are closely watching news and monitoring the situation so they can evacuate in time.