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After the sun comes rain



Well, after all it is the rainy season... today was one of the wettest days of the year. No doubt about that. Started nice enough. I took the kids to school and got to work at Karon beach a little after 9am. Shortly after that, heavy rain started. And continued. And more. Well, good that I was not late for work!

A co worker called from Chalong saying she'd be late. The rain stopped for a while in the middle of the day, allowing me a quick dash to buy some Phad Thai. I heard there were floods down near Chalong. People had tried to drive through and flooded their engines. Another friend was on skype saying she had to wade to work :)

Get the idea? It was a wet day. A good day for going to Central Festival Mall.. which is probably where we'll go tomorrow if the weather is wet!

Road between Phuket Town and Chalong today

The Phuket Gazette reported:

Heavy rains since this morning have caused flooding at many locales around the island, causing long tailbacks along major roads and damage to shops inundated with water.

Patong suffered minor floods this morning before the rain stopped to give the resort town a midday reprieve, but the skies opened again this afternoon and brought more flooding.

Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd saw long tailbacks from Soi Bangla back to Baan Sai Nam Yen School, while on Sirirat Rd at the southern end of Patong one shop staffer told the Gazette that it took an hour to clear out the floodwater from his shop this morning, only to see the shop flood again after just 30 minutes of rain this afternoon.

Patong Municipality workers spent an hour clearing drains at the intersection at the bottom of the hill so that the floodwaters would subside.

The Thai Meteorological Department center in Phuket City recorded rainfall of 34.7 millimeters between 1 pm and 3 pm.


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