Storm, Super Typhoon to Shower Thailand Through Next Week

BANGKOK — Two tropical storms – mild and strong – will gain strength tomorrow through next week, bringing rains and possible flooding, meteorologists said Wednesday.

While tropical storm Barijat is expected to bring mild rains to Thailand through Friday, super typhoon Mangkhut will be stronger as it barrels into mainland China.

“Barijat will have the same route as that last storm, Bebinca, but with weaker strength. So expect what you had then, but with less rain,” Seree Supratid, director of the Climate Change & Disaster Center at Rangsit University said by phone Wednesday, referring to a mid-August storm.

He said Mangkhut, however, is the one to watch out for.


“The second one is scarier. It is a super typhoon. We are not sure where it will go after it picks up strength over water. If it goes into Southern China, over Guangdong, we will definitely be impacted.”

Seree said residents should continually check updates about Mangkhut. In Bangkok, expect a 70 percent chance of rain through Tuesday.

Tropical storm Barijat will move across Hong Kong and Hainan Thursday through Friday, reaching mainland China by Sunday. Its approach will give strength to the southwest monsoon, resulting in nationwide rains especially along the Andaman Sea and the Gulf coast.

Super typhoon Mangkhut is expected to bring rains to Thailand through Tuesday, as it moves over Luzon in the Philippines and Taiwan from Friday through Saturday, and then into China through Tuesday. The state meteorological department warned people to stay alert of flash floods and mudslides.

Meteorological and environment experts said Bangkok is unlikely to be impacted by waterworks-related flooding, but warned floods are still possible if Thailand is hit by extreme weather.

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A projection of Mangkhut’s path across the South China Sea. Image: Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, US Navy

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