It seems that Typhoon Ketsana was just a wimper in Ubon Ratchatani. A fair bit of rain but not much wind and this morning even the sun was attempting to break through the clouds (to no avail). Of course Ketsana has wrecked havoc through the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia in recent days but by the time it got here it had almost run out of puff.
Flooding is now the only real threat both immediately from the rains and the possible release of water from upstream dams as they struggle to handle the new inflow.
According to New Zealander Dr Michael Hare who has lived in Ubon for more then a decade “The problem for us in Ubon 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.”
He continued saying “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.”
I heard through my sister in law last night that the river in the village is running an absolute banker. They have posted look outs along the river over night and there are regular updates over those blasted loud speakers giving regular updates. When asked how worried she was she replied by saying that she has already packed her bags ready for an immediate departure.
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.
Well not really but it is on it’s way and is already having a big affect around Ubon Ratchatani. The rain slowly started yesterday mid morning and has slowly built up to be a steady continuous shower then hasn’t slackened at all over night and now this morning. This is apparently the front of the now Tropical Depression so I am expecting a lot more rain then this. The wind picked up over night but is not dangerous. The cooler weather is certainly welcome and last night we slept without the air con for the first time in many months.
According to Facebook friends there are many roads already closed around Ubon, I am guessing these would be the ones closest to the river. I believe the worst is still to come and although I doubt there will be dangerous winds the flooding could be a different story.