Tropical Storm Pabuk continues to move through the southern region of Thailand and is forecasted to last until January 5, 2019. Heavy rains, flooding, and strong winds will affect both the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea and the following areas: Chumphon, Phetchaburi, Prachuap, Khiri Khan, Surat Thani (inc. Koh Samui, Koh Phangnan, and Koh Tao), Nakhon Si Thammarart, Phatthalung, Ranong, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi (including Koh Phi Phi), Trang, and Satun. Flight schedules and ferry services are being affected.
Monitor the local news and transport/hotel websites for updates. Avoid travel to these areas until the storms have dissipated. Seek secure shelter if you are in an affected area. U.S. citizens located on the southern islands can contact the following tourist police offices or local branches of the Departments of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) for more information regarding shelters and/or evacuation information:
- Phuket Area (DDPM): 076-218-444
- Koh Samui and Nearby Islands : 077-430-018 (Tourist Police); 077-420-953 or 199 (DDPM)
- Krabi and Nearby Islands (Tourist Police): 075-637-208
- Nakorn Sri Thammarat (DDPM): 081-797-5499
Thai officials will direct any evacuations and limit transportation to ensure the safety of those in the affected areas. U.S. citizens are advised to follow instructions given by Thai authorities regarding any safety and security measures for the duration of the storm.