Tropical depression Noul brought persistent rain to the heart of Nakhon Ratchasima Province where flooding and felled trees damaged houses.

Flooding hit low-lying areas in the provincial seat including outside Suranaree University of Technology. Water levels were 50-60 centimeters deep in some areas where many cars and motorcycles broke down.

The storm also felled trees on many roads and houses. Rescuers were deployed to clear them.

Several agencies are now preparing to cope with the impact and disruption of the storm.

The Department of Health ordered all clinics across the country to prepare their staff and equipment to provide assistance in case of flooding, while Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan directed military personnel across the country to be on standby for village emergencies.

In the southern province of Trang, strong winds and high waves continued off its coast. Fishermen in Hat Samran District tried to save some moored fishing boats that were being pounded. High waves sank two boats Friday.

The Thai Meteorological Department said Noul had been downgraded from the Category 3 tropical storm when it made landfall in Vietnam’s Hue city early Friday to a tropical depression as it moved over the northeastern province of Khon Kaen.

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It hit Khon Kaen with sustained winds of 75 kilometer a hour Friday before hitting Mukdahan Province in the afternoon.

Heavy rains began to strike a wide area in the North and Northeast Thursday night, causing floods in many cities such as Ubon Ratchathani and Surin.

Provincial disaster prevention offices have warned people of flash floods and hazardous conditions related to the storm.

The storm has also caused strong waves battering the coasts of Chonburi, Chanthaburi, Rayong and Trat in eastern Thailand.  

Fishermen in coastal area of the Andaman Sea in Krabi province have halted their outings after the weather office issued a warning of high waves and strong winds from Friday to Monday.

The storm is forecast to impact provinces in the North and Northeast from Friday to Sunday. Torrential rain will continue across the country. People in at-risk areas should beware of flash floods.

The public in affected areas also were advised to be cautious about venomous animals and insects that may appear and are strongly advised to cut down on the use of electricity in their homes.

This report includes reporting from the National News Bureau of Thailand.