Thailand storm: Terrifying Storm Pabuk wreaks havoc on Koh Samui – watch shocking scenes – Express - http://travelporn.info | luxury travel sitesJanuary 4, 2019 2:46 pm Categorised in: Travel News
Thailand locals are fighting to save their businesses from Storm Pabuk after the worst weather in 30 years wreaked havoc on the holiday hotspot. Shocking scenes captured on camera show locals dragging out planks of wood to form a blockage against the crashing waves of the sea. The southern section of the island has been worst affected, with beach resort Phuket, and popular getaway locations Koh Samui and Krabi all set to be impacted by the freak weather. The tropical storm came in a whirlwind of 65kph winds and Twitter user Brendan Delanty shared its terrifying impact with the world.
He confirmed the petrifying scenes were filmed on 4 January in Ko Samui, at the Togsai Bay pool and beach resort.
He uploaded a 28 second clip, simply captioned Pabuk Storm, firstly showing sodden people wading out of a pool leading onto the beach.
Dressed in soaking wet kaftans, they made their way to the crashing waves in an attempt to bring some distance between the resort and the waves.
A pole with a red flag on top can be seen flailing in the wind, giving an indication of the severity of the condition.
Raindrops can also be seen crashing onto a wooden deck at the front of the shot.
As the squally weather continues, the people wade shin-deep in the water to combat the elements.
One can be seen throwing branches and old sacks onto the deck in an attempt to clear the area.
Thailand’s Meteorological Department said the storm will hit southern Thailand’s east coast from Thursday to Saturday.
The two provinces of Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat are expected to be hardest hit.
Surat Thani is home to the popular tourist islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan.
Meanwhile, Thailand has cancelled flights to the popular holiday island of Koh Samui over threats posed by the powerful storm.
The Nakhon Si Thammarat airport announced it had closed, and low-cost Nok Airlines Pcl said it had cancelled all eight flights to and from the province.
The Surat Thani airport will also close from Friday afternoon to Saturday, cancelling flights by Nok Airlines, Lion Air, and Thai Smile, a subsidiary of national carrier Thai Airways.
Bangkok Airways Pcl also announced it had canceled all flights to and from the holiday destination of Koh Samui, where ferry services have also been suspended.
An ABTA spokesperson said: “Tropical Storm Pabuk has made landfall in Thailand over Pak Phanang, Nakhon Si thammarat and is moving in a north westerly direction.
“People on holiday in the region are advised to monitor news reports and follow any advice or instructions issued by the local authorities, their travel provider and their accommodation providers.”