Worst hailstorm in 30 years hits Thailand's Nakhon Phanom province

Worst hailstorm in 30 years hits Thailand's Nakhon Phanom province

What is described as the worst hailstorm in 30 years hit NE Thailand's Renoo Nakhon district of Nakhon Phanom province on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The storm brought heavy rain and ping-pong sized hail for several hours, forcing residents to run for cover.

Authorities said the storm hit several villages in the district late afternoon, May 3, knocking down power poles and damaging dozens of houses, at least two heavily. However, more damage is expected as they reach other areas of the district.

The storm dropped heavy rain accompanied by ping-pong ball sized hail which lasted for several hours. Residents said they haven't experienced such storm in the past 30 years and described it as worst in memory.

Nakhon Phanom province hailstorm May 3, 2017

Credit: Thai PBS3

Local media reported some regions saw knee-deep piles of hailstones. There are no reports of casualties or injuries.

The weather in the province remains turbulent, and there is a risk of another storm ripping through today, Nakhon Phanom Meteorological Station warned.

Featured image credit: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS

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