Forecasters Warn of Strong Winds


Weather forecasters are warning of strong wind gusts and heavy rain across regions of Laos from September 13-15.

Strong winds are expected to affect the provinces of Khammuan, Savannakhet, Champassak, Saravan, Xekong and Attapeu, and also Vientiane, but are unlikely to be severe.

The warning was issued by the Weather Forecasting and Aeronautical Meteorology Division of the Meteorology and Hydrology Department.

The public is urged to take care and be alert to the possibility of falling trees and damage to houses and other buildings. Landslides may also occur, along with flash flooding caused by heavy rain, and everyone is advised to listen to weather forecasts issued by the Meteorology and Hydrology Department.

The warning comes after high winds were detected over the South China Sea yesterday.

The storm is predicted to reach Danang on the Vietnamese coast this morning and to move across Laos this afternoon, with most of the effects felt in Xekong and Saravan provinces.

An official from the Weather Forecasting and Aeronautical Meteorology Division said strong winds and heavy rain were likely in some central and southern regions from September 12-15.

The division noted that gusting winds and rain passed over northern Laos in February this year and also affected the capital as well as the provinces of Phongsaly, Huaphan, Luang Namtha, Xieng Khuang, Oudomxay, Bokeo and Luang Prabang.

The division said high winds pass across Laos several times a year, with differing levels of strength, and are often very localised.

The Meteorology and Hydrology Department warned officials and local residents to be on their guard at all times during the rainy season, when the weather is unpredictable.

Trees, houses and other buildings can be damaged by wind and heavy rain, so people are advised to protect their property, essential equipment and animals.


Source: Vientiane Times