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MEA urges caution, warns of danger from Sonca storm

Post of day : 12 Sep 17 | Read : 137
On July 27, 2017, the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) urged electricity users to beware of extreme weather caused by tropical storm Sonca. The rain with thunderstorms could have negative impacts on electrical systems, probably causing big trees and billboards to break, fall and hit power lines and poles to collapse and leading to outages. Extreme flood was possible due to high water level from heavy rains may affect your electrical systems and equipment, danger to your life and property.

As announced by the Meteorological Department "Tropical Storm" (SONCA), No. 17, dated July 27, 2017, stated that tropical depression Sonca has now been downgraded to a low pressure system covering the Northeast, the lower North and the upper Central. It is expected to sit over such areas and to be dissipated by July 28, 2017. Widespread rainfall over the upper Central will continue with heavy to very heavy rain in many areas, probably causing flash flood, overland flow and river flooding. The areas affected are the Northeast, the North, the Central and the East of Thailand.
MEA has voiced concern over the storm danger. It is recommended to stay away from billboards, large trees and unsafe buildings near power lines as those may fall down and cause harm to life and property. Always check the surrounding trees of your home to ensure they do not rub against power lines to avoid outages and to prevent electric leakage from wet branches. For billboard installers, always make sure billboard structures are secure and safe. Those who live along rivers and low-lying areas with frequent floods as well as other sensitive areas in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan, when the water level starts to rise near electrical equipment, quickly move the equipment and power outlets above anticipated flood level to prevent danger from electric leakage or defective device while following the news and the situation closely.

If you find MEA’s power lines or equipment in a damaged condition or potentially unsafe and can cause a hazard, please contact MEA officials at any districts or dial 1130 - MEA Call Center or notify through MEA Smart Life Application on your smart phone, available in iOS and Android, anytime around the clock.
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