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Monday, 25 January 2016

Storm rages over Koh Samui

Storm rages over Koh Samui


A real storm rages over Koh Samui today and it is having an impact! The beaches are being pounded by big waves and floods are being observed all over the island. However, this time not only from the rain but also from ocean water.

Our children had to be picked up from the Bophud school, after we received a phone call from the teachers that ocean water had entered the school. The ocean is a couple of hundred meters away from the school!

Storm rages over Koh Samui

Ocean water crashing onto buildings

Here are a few pictures from the situation earlier today in Nathon. The ocean boulevard is swept over by waves, at times the water gets pretty high!

Storm rages over Koh Samui

Nathon boulevard

It seems that the boulevard wall might be partially disintegrating, as people carry bricks away from the ocean side of the boulevard.

Amazingly, yesterday the Samui Ride & Run event could happen without any of natures forces playing around!

Storm rages over Koh Samui

People sitting with life jackets on the Seatran ferry
Picture by ธานี เทือกสุบรรณ 

I was supposed to get back home today, but got sidetracked for one night to Phuket, where I am right now and where it's nice and sunny but with a very strong wind blowing.

This may be a good thing, since the Seatran ferry coming from Koh Samui had to turn around once it reached Don Sak, since the ferry couldn't dock due to the high waves. People on the ferry were even wearing life jackets!

Storm rages over Koh Samui

Near Don Sak
Picture by ธานี เทือกสุบรรณ 

For tomorrow I have secured a reservation on a ferry bound for Koh Samui, the weather forecast is looking slightly better, so I'm crossing my fingers that the ferry will run tomorrow and any possible queues are being dealt with before I arrive.

At this moment I have no updates about Koh Samui airport but I can imagine that there may be delays or cancellations.

Storm raging over Koh Samui

Nathon boulevard seems to be disintegrating 

As already mentioned, tomorrow morning there should still be a strong wind but around noon things should start to slow down and slowly get back to normal.

Storm rages over Koh Samui

Nathon boulevard
Picture by ธานี เทือกสุบรรณ

Storm rages over Koh Samui

Ring road. Picture by Tinnakorn Poolsawad 

Hope you're all safe out there! 

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