Twister strikes Nakhon Sawan pulling down massive power lines

A Twister tore through the Phahonyothin highway in Taklee district of Nakhon Sawan yesterday afternoon, pulling down power lines, tearing down trees and blacking out a large areas in the province and part of adjacent Chainat province.

Residents said the twister struck at the time the areas were hit by rainstorm.

The twister tore down over 90 power poles along the three kilometre section of the highway from the Chonprathan Chainat-Pasak bridge to the Air Force's Fourth Wing airbase, and blew off roofs of many houses along its way.

The massive toppling of the power poles caused power black out in a large areas covering Taklee, Tak Fa districts in Nakhon Sawan province and adjacent district of Chai Nat province.

It took electricity workers until dawn today or almost 10 hours to restore power supply back to normal.

Several thousands of homes and businesses in the two districts were left without electricity last night.

The Provincial Electricity Authority estimated damages to its power lines by the twister at over 7 million baht.

Residents in Taklee said they have never experienced such a twister in their lives.

Disaster relief authorities are inspecting the affected areas to find out the exact damages in order to give them primary assistance.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)