As tropical storm Bebinca is approaching Vietnam, 36 provinces in the North, Northeast, East and South have been warned to brace for intensive rain and isolated terrential downpours during Aug 16-1, according to the Meteorological Department's latest weather forecast this morning.
At 4 am this morning, tropical storm Bebinca was 400 kilometres northeast of Hanoi, Vietnam, with a maximum sustained wind of about 70km/hour. The storm was moving in the westerly direction at the speed of 16km/hr. It is expected to reach upper Vietnam tomorrow.
The storm will then decline to become a tropical depression and a low-pressure cell over Laos by Aug 18. Isolated torrential downpours are forecast in all regions of the country.
To be particularly affected during Aug 16-18 are:
� Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok and Tak in the North;
� Loei, Nong Bua Lamphu, Nong Khai, Bung Kan, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Khon Kaen, Kalasin and Mukdahan in the Northeast;
� Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat in the East; and
� Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khirikhan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Ranong, Phangnga and Phuket in the South.
To be affected on Aug 19 are: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Sukhothai and Tak in the North; Prachinburi, Sa Kaeo, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat in the East; and, Ranong, Phangnga and Phuket in the South.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)