Eastern and northeastern provinces will face rainfall and strong winds later on Friday as tropical storm Gaemi moves closer to Thailand, the Meteorological Department has confirmed.
As the department issued its latest warning, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was confident that Thailand is prepared to cope with the first tropical storm to hit the country in three years.
All government agencies and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) are draining water from canals and reservoirs to prepare for the impact of Gaemi, the prime minister said.
Latest, as of 7pm Thursday (Thailand time): Gaemi has turned west and is forecast to make landfall on Saturday, on the central Vietnamese coastline just south of Hue. According to NASA forecasters, the storm "is packing a lot of power around its middle and on the (leading, western) side.
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