New tropical depression to lash Thailand, Burma into midweek

08-Nov-2017 Intellasia | Accuweather | 6:00 AM Print This Post

A vigorous tropical low organised in Tropical Depression 29W on Monday and is expected to strengthen this week as it lashes southern Thailand and Myanmar.

Prior to becoming a tropical depression, the potent disturbance brought deadly flooding and mudslides to parts of northern Malaysia over the weekend.

Penang was inundated by more than 380 mm (15 inches) of rain, most of which fell in a 12-hour period.

The flooding and mudslides claimed at least seven lives and have forced more than 5,000 people into evacuation shelters, according to the Strait Times.

Tropical Depression 29W will now turn northwest and cross northern Malay Peninsula, impacting southern Thailand and southern Myanmar into Wednesday.

While the depression is not expected to rapidly intensify, there will be the risk for flooding downpours, mudslides and localised wind damage.

The worst conditions are expected across Chumphon and Ranong in Thailand and Tanintharyi in Myanmar.

Rainfall of 75-150 mm (3-6 inches) will be common, with local amounts up to 250 mm (10 inches). Wind gusts of 65-80 km/h (40-50 mph) will also impact these areas.

Conditions will begin to improve later on Wednesday as the tropical system tracks northwest into the Andaman Sea.

While Myanmar and Thailand can expect improvements, worsening conditions will be seen across the Andaman Islands on Wednesday.

The worst of the storm will impact the islands Wednesday night into Thursday as the centre passes just to the north of North Andaman.

Once again, rainfall of 75-150 mm (3-6 inches) and wind gusts up to 80 km/h (50 mph) are expected.


Category: Thailand

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