For the first time this year, weather watchers have a storm system to watch in the South China Sea. Newly-named as GAEMI (21W), it is expected to grow into a significant tropical storm or worse and head in our direction.

“If our forecast is correct, it will be the first tropical storm to hit the country this year,” said Prawit Jampanya, acting director of the Weather Forecast Bureau.The warning, which raises new concerns over flooding, was announced yesterday by the Meteorological Department. It said a tropical depression, located about 600 kilometres east of Da Nang, Vietnam yesterday, is expected to turn into a storm in the middle of this week and is likely to hit central Vietnam between Thursday and Friday. It is then forecast to move slowly across Thailand over the weekend, depositing as much as 100mm of rain in some parts, including Bangkok.
Information from the Bangkok Post.