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Rain, winds and surging seawater buffeted coastal villages and tourist resorts as Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall on southern Thailand’s east coast.

The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 42mph (70kph), made shore at Nakhon Si Thammarat province on Friday afternoon and headed westward at 12mph, said Phuwieng Prakhammintara, the director general of the national meteorological department.

“We can expect heavy rain and downpours, flooding and flash floods in the area throughout the night,” he said.

Earlier in the day, authorities in Nakhon Si Thammarat, about 480 miles (800km) south of Bangkok, drove trucks through flooded streets with downed power lines, urging people to leave.

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