Tropical storm Gaemi is expected to hit the northeastern region as early as Friday night, bringing torrential rain to many areas, and likely flooding, the Meteorological Department warned on Wednesday.
The last time such a severe storm headed Thailand's way was in 2009, when tropical storm Ketsana ravaged many areas of the North, Northeast and the Central Plain.
"Gaemi is the same magnitude as Ketsana," Somchai Baimuang, deputy director-general of the Meteorlogical Department said.
Ketsana caused havoc in 36 provinces, affecting 1.8 million people, in late September-early October 2009.
Gaemi will enter Vietnam on Friday morning. It is expected to lose strength as it moves overland across Cambodia into Isan, but will still be dangerous. Reports say it will likely enter Thailand about 8pm on Friday.
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