Severe hailstorm triggers blackouts in Chiang Rai, Thailand

Severe hailstorm triggers blackouts in Chiang Rai, Thailand

A sudden, severe storm caused widespread blackouts and left several homes damaged in three districts of Thailand's northern province of Chiang Rai on Saturday night, December 28, 2019.

The storm also led to traffic after trees were knocked down along the Chiang Saen-Chiang Rai Road, from Tambon Chanchawa in Mae Chan district to Tambon Wiang Chiang Saen of Chiang Saen district.

According to provincial officials, the storm which struck Mae Sai, Chiang Saen, and Mae Chan districts lasted for about 30 minutes.

Relief operations by the provincial public disaster mitigation unit had been hindered by power outages that lasted for hours before mechanics from the provincial electricity authority managed to fix and restore the power supply.

The sudden storm was caused by westerly wind current over the northern region, rapidly drawing up very humid air below which resulted in the formation of vertical clouds and subsequent storms.

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