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This large billboard blew over damaging a house and a second-hand car yard on the router towards Patong Hill from Phuket City

Phuket's Monsoon Pounding: Worse Weather to Come

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
UPDATE

Sever storms pounded Phuket, dumping heavy rain all over the island before noon today. The Phuket Meteorological Office said there was no sign of rain easing.

Original Report

PHUKET: Savage monsoon storms were pounding Phuket and the Andaman coast today with no relief in sight until the weekend at the earliest.

Ranong, hit this week by a 4.0 magnitude earthquake, was shaken then stirred as the worst of the floods isolated the province from neighboring Chumphon and the regular route to Bangkok.

Phuket Land Transport Department officials said buses between Phuket and the capital were being diverted around Ranong and the Chumphon flooding.

Although the route usually taken by visa runners from Phuket north to Ranong township and the border with Burma remained open this morning, authorities in Ranong said five urban centres had been affected by flooding up to 2.25 metres deep.

Anyone from Phuket planning a road trip north would be well advised to postpone it, Phuket meteorological officials said today.

They warned that rain was being forecast over 70-80 percent of Phuket, Phang Nga and Ranong, with storms gusting up to 45 kph and waves of up to three metres. No respite is likely for several days at least.

Some schools in Ranong have been closed because of the flooding and the province could sink deeper towards disaster if the monsoon lashing continues for more than a couple of days.

On Phuket, meanwhile, tourists face the prospect of finding things to do indoors rather than venturing out into weather than has deterred outdoor activities for days and shows no sign yet of improving.

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Mother Nature is very unhappy lately and is sounding her warnings.
Especially at what is being done to her Island and it's surrounds.
Are you listening, Phuket-People?

Posted by Hugh Jarse on June 6, 2012 12:18

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'Anyone from Phuket planning a road trip north would be well advised to postpone it, Phuket meteorological officials said today." - at 500B per day overstay or possible arrest for overstay i wonder if anyone will listen.Isn't it about time these visa runs were changed, a trip to a local Immigration office along with a fee should be sufficient surely?
I never leave my visa run til last minute but with this weather i'd have had to have gone over a week ago!

Posted by G Horne on June 6, 2012 15:14

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Just the cycle of things about 4 to 5 years ago Phuket had very similar weather and I've been told before that places like Patong would actually flood! Mind you with poor planning in some areas (and probably lots of money spent) the rain makes it very hard to do anything. However, infrastructure is slowly getting better.

Wouldn't want to *have* to get to work in this weather, I would imagine very dangerous in places. Wish we had mini rail or safe bus service all over the island to reduce traffic and the chances of accidents.

Posted by Ty on June 6, 2012 15:24

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Yes please, go ahead and blow, Good Mother. Blow all the huge, ugly illegal signs down until the polluting hominids have respect...

Posted by Gaia on June 6, 2012 15:56

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I did a visa run yesterday (Wednesday) to Ranong/Kawthaung. The sea was obviously very choppy. Make sure you wear a life-jacket and keep that sick bag handy...

Posted by Simon Luttrell on June 7, 2012 08:21

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I hope that new, impossibly huge billboard at bypass and 402 goes plop in the middle of the intersection. They chopped down a 80 year old Banyan to put it in.
Selfish, greedy Hominids must learn respect for a shared planet.

Posted by Gaia on June 7, 2012 10:04


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