Heavy rain lashed Phuket again on Tuesday, with more storms forecast and small boats warned not to put to sea.
PHUKET: The weather forecast for Phuket is bleak through until Thursday with a 70 percent chance of rain, the Phuket-based Southern Meteorological Centre (West Coast) predicted today.
Heavy rain engulfed Phuket City before lunch and continued towards late afternoon.
Residents were concerned about a possible repetition of last week's unprecedented flooding, which damaged 1000 shops in and around Old Phuket Town and forced 600 families out of their homes.
Forecasters said today the rain would be accompanied by waves of up to three metres and winds of 20-40 kmh, not suitable for small boats taking to the Andaman Sea.
Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupapana has asked for the national government to pay for an upgrade in the Phuket capital's drainage system to prevent what she fears will be more flooding with global warning.
The national government however has the priority of making sure central Thailand and Bangkok are not flooded as they were last year.