Tropical Storm Pabuk makes landfall on Thailand’s east coast

Tourist resorts of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan expected to be hardest hit

Rain, winds and surging seawater buffeted coastal villages and tourist resorts as Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall on southern Thailand’s east coast.

The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 42mph (70kph), made shore at Nakhon Si Thammarat province on Friday afternoon and headed westward at 12mph, said Phuwieng Prakhammintara, the director general of the national meteorological department.

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