Typhoon Ketsana weakens in Thailand

According to enews.mcot.net Typhoon Ketsana has weakened and become a tropical depression.

“BANGKOK, Sept 30 (TNA) – Typhoon “Ketsana” has been downgraded to a tropical depression status and at 7 am Wednesday was centred in Khong Chiam district in the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, according to the Meteorological Department.
Moving west at a speed of 15km/hr, it is forecast to pass over Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Burirum and Nakhon Ratchasima, causing strong winds and widespread rainfall.
When the storm moved into the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, it caused widespread rainfall in 25 districts, where many roads have been flooded.
While the water level in the Mun River has increased, it is not threatening communities or farmlands.
Thailand’s lower northern and central provinces will be influenced by the storm by Wednesday afternoon.
Local residents in low-lying at-risk areas in the Northeast, the East and the South should be on alert for a possible flash flood.”

Considering that it would have crossed right over the top of us it was a bit of an anti-climax really, unless the break in the weather we are currently experiencing (7pm Wednesday night) is just a short little break. I doubt it though because as the day progressed the rain weakened (have now stopped) and the winds have almost completely dropped off.
Having been through the tail end of many cyclones in northern Australia I guess I was expecting a little more.

3 responses to “Typhoon Ketsana weakens in Thailand

  1. The problem for us in Ubon is not the rain from the cyclone but the man-made water release from the dams up country. It is that water which has caused massive flooding in Ubon and Warin over the years, the most recent being 2000, 01 and 02.

    My maid says that the water from the Lat Phao dam Kalasin has already been released. I can not confirm this as the authorities would dare not say so. If it is true then except flooding in Ubon within 7-10 days.

  2. The problem for us in Ubon is not the rain from the cyclone but the man-made water release from the dams up country. It is that water which has caused massive flooding in Ubon and Warin over the years, the most recent being 2000, 01 and 02.

    My maid says that the water from the Lat Phao dam Kalasin has already been released. I can not confirm this as the authorities would dare not say so. If it is true then expect (except) flooding in Ubon within 7-10 days.

  3. 17 provinces warned of heavy rains, flash floods

    The Meteorological Department announced Thursday the Ketsana storm has weakened and become a low pressure cell over Ubon Ratchathani.

    The low pressure cell together with the low pressure trough over the lower North, the Central, the East and the lower Northeast would unleash heavy rains and possible flash floods in 17 provinces.

    The provinces are Kamphangphet, Phicit ,Phetchabun, Nakhon Sawan, Loei, Chaiyaphum, Ubon Ratchathani, Sisaket, Surin, Buri Ram, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachin Buri, Sa Keao, Chanthaburi ,Trat, Ranong and Phang Nga.

    The Nation

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