Storm Pabuk: Tourists flee Thailand as tropical storm 'threatens 22-foot waves' – The Independent

Thousands of people and tourists are evacuating Thailand’s most popular islands in preparation of what could be one of the most devastating tropical storms to hit the country in decades.

Tropical Storm Pabuk is expected to hit Thailand around 7pm local time on Friday near Chumphon archipelago on the eastern border of Surat Thani and Nakhon Is Thammarat provinces. Heavy rainfall is anticipated to arrive in a few hours.

Several popular tourist sites are expected to affected: , , Koh Tao, Phuket, .

“We are still compiling the number of evacuees. I can say several thousand people for over 16 provinces,” Putthipong Punnakanta, a spokesman for the Thai government, told CNN.

“It is high season, there are many foreign tourists at popular destinations. We have informed them in advance since two days ago. I would say most of them have left islands and come to the mainland.”

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