Municipality makes emergency plans for a possible tropical storm

On Tuesday 19 August 2008 in the afternoon at Hua Hin Municipality Hua Hin Mayor Khun Jira Pongpaibul, Vice Mayor Suwit Reinroongruen, group secretary Khun Sura-ut Narongrit and Mayor's consultant Khun Thawisak have attended an urgent meeting and have made emergency plans for a possible tropical storm in the Gulf of Thailand.

In attendance at the meeting was municipality administrative staff, Chief Engineer and Chief of Natural Disaster & Fire Division Khun Sojit Waidarb.

Hua Hin Municipality has received an early warning from the Thai Meteorology Department that there is a possibility of a strong tropical storm in the Gulf of Thailand which can affect Hua Hin District.

The Thai Meteorology Department based on their ongoing analysis of meteorological data for the past 57 years and statistics are predicting a major tropical storm in the Gulf of Thailand for September or October. The predicted storm will have winds less than 100km/hour.

The recent tropical storm which has devastated Burma has entered from the Bengal Gulf and had winds of more than 100 km/hour. Usually all storms close to Burma enter the Burma's mainland and end there. Only some of them enter Gulf of Thailand and go towards open sea where they loose power.

In the past there was tropical storm “Keh” which has moved over the Chumporn beach in1989 and tropical storm 'Linda' which has moved over Prachuapkhirikhan beach in 1997.

So far the Thai Meteorological Department has not noticed a tropical depression which would initiate a major tropical storm in the Gulf of Thailand but according to statistics a major tropical storm is expected this year. If they notice a major storm they will give as much warning notice as possible. Nevertheless Hua Hin Municipality should make emergency plans in case there is a major storm which might affect Hua Hin area.

Mayor Jira Pongpaibul said that the possibility of a major storm is a worry and Hua Hin Municipality should make appropriate emergency plans which would include information how to issue a rapid warning to residents living along the coast and how to deal with possible storm's victims.

Reported by Khun Tuck Dechapanya

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