Hail storm causes blackout in Chiang Rai


Chiang Rai — Various districts in Chiang Rai were in pitch black on Saturday and several houses damaged after a hail storm struck the northern province which lasted for 30 minutes.

Among the districts struck by the hail storm were Mae Sai, Chiang Saen, and Mae Chan.

The TV footage showed trees fell due to strong winds, resulting in a power outage. The trees also blocked traffic in several districts in the province.

According to a local media, the relief operations by the northern provincial public disaster mitigation unit had been hampered by the power outage, which lasted hours before mechanics from the provincial electricity authority managed to restore the supply.

The Thai Meteorological Department said on Sunday that the hail storm was a result of the westerly wind current over the northern region.

Some areas of Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai might also experience hail storms on Sunday night, said the warning from the department.

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