Warning out on tropical depression “Sonca”

People are advised to brace for severe weather condition and possible flash floods from today (July 26) until Friday (July 28), according to a warning issued by the Thai Meteorological Department today.

As of 1am today, the depression moved from Laos to cover the Northeast of Thailand. Its center was over Nakhon Phanom and Mukdahan provinces, with a maximum speed of about 55 kilomtres per hour.

At 7am, the storm downgraded to an active low pressure over the Northeast, the lower North and the upper Central. It is expected to dissipate by July 28.

As a result, widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rain is likely to hit the North, Northeast and Central regions. People are advised to be prepared for severe weather conditions and possible flash floods until July 28.

On July 26, provinces likely to be affected are: Phrae, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Phitsanulok, Phichit and Phetchabun in the North; Loei, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Udon Thani, Nong Bua Lamphu, Khon Kaen, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Maha Sarakham, Roi-Et, Kalasin, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen and Ubon Ratchathani in the Northeast; Saraburi, Lop Buri, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chainat, Sing Buri, Kanchanaburi, Ang Thong and Ratchaburi in the Central; and Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat in the East.

Provinces likely to be affect on July 27-28 are: Mae Hon Son, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lamphang, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet and Tak in the North; Loei, Nong Bua Lamphu, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Kalasin and Mukdahan in the Northeast; Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi in the Central; and, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat in the East.

During this period, the strong southwest monsoon is prevailing over the Andaman Sea and the South. More rain with isolated heavy rain is likely in the south. The strong winds waves are likely to be 2-3 metres high in the Andaman Sea and the upper Gulf of Thailand. All vessels are advised to proceed with caution, and small boats stay ashore until July 29.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)