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Visiting athletes indulge in some play in the surf at Phuket's Patong beach

Phuket Storms Lash Games But Athletes Can Smile

Saturday, June 2, 2012
PHUKET: Thunderstorms today and through to next Wednesday offer no respite from Phuket's stormy weather for athletes in the Phuket Games 2012.

Meteorological Bureau forcasters today predicted June would probably provide a sterner test than May with stronger winds. People in small boats have been advised to stay ashore.

Winds up to 35 kmh are expected to whip waves to two metres off Phuket and along the Andaman coast as the monsoon storm patterns set in.

Many of the 9500 athletes and 2500 officials plus families are enjoying their Phuket visit despite the grim weather and forecasts of more to come.

The 28th National Youth Games, originally scheduled for January but postponed because of floods in and around Bangkok, seem destined to be affected by water.

A closing ceremony will be held on Tuesday at Surakul Stadium in Phuket City, weather permitting.


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