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Tropical Storm Noul is gathering strength and could hit the country tomorrow until Sunday, the Agriculture Ministry says.

Agriculture Minister Chalermchai Sri-on said on Wednesday he has instructed the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) to prepare for an emergency from the effects of Noul.

The storm strengthened from a tropical depression into a tropical storm on Tuesday. It could become a typhoon, the Meteorological Department said.

The department has also warned people about flash floods and winds which could topple trees and power lines.

As the storm tracked to the west, it has triggered flooding and strong wind alerts in many parts of Southeast Asia. Noul is predicted to make its way westward across the South China Sea throughout the rest of the week.

Vietnam is reportedly considering the evacuation of half a million residents in the country's central coast region ahead of Noul's expected landfall today.

On Wednesday, Mr Chalermchai said heavy rains are expected to hit many areas in the North, Northeast and the East on Saturday.

The Central Plains provinces are expected to bear the brunt of the storm.

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bear the brunt of (idiom): to receive the main force of something unpleasant - ได้รับผลกระทบที่รุนแรง

depression : an area where the air pressure is low, often causing heavy rain - พายุดีเปรสชัน

effect : a change that somebody/something causes in somebody/something else; a result - ผลกระทบ

evacuation : moving people from a place of danger to a safer place - การอพยพ

flash floods (noun): floods that happen suddenly without warning - น้ำที่เกิดท่วมในที่ต่ำโดยฉับพลันทันทีและไหลลดลงอย่างรวดเร็ว

irrigation : the process of bringing water to land through a system of pipes, ditches, etc. in order to make crops grow - ระบบชลประทาน

landfall : the place where a storm coming from the sea first hits land - การเข้าหาแผ่นดิน

Meteorological Department : the government department in charge of determining what the weather will be in the future - กรมอุตุนิยมวิทยา

plain (noun): a large area of flat land - ที่ราบ

topple : to cause to fall - คว่ำลงมา

tropical storm (noun): the first level of dangerous storm: "A tropical storm is an organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds between 34 knots (39 mph) and 64 knots (74 mph). (Source: Wikipedia) - พายุโซนร้อน, พายุดีเปรสชันที่มีกำลังแรงขึ้น เกิดขึ้นในเขตร้อน ความเร็วลมบริเวณใกล้ศูนย์กลางประมาณ 70-120 กิโลเมตรต่อชั่วโมง [พจนานุกรมศัพท์ สสวท.]

typhoon : a tropical storm with strong winds that move in circles - พายุไต้ฝุ่น


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