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Thailand braces for powerful tropical storm

Tourists marooned on Thai islands hunkered down Friday as Tropical Storm Pabuk struck the kingdom, forcing airports and ferries to close and bringing power blackouts, heavy rains and massive sea swells. Boats were recalled to shore across the Gulf of Thailand, while three key southern airports were shut until Saturday, leaving tourists who remain on islands now cut off from the mainland. “We’ve bought [flash] lights and some more water,” some tourists who were preparing for the storm said. FRANCE 24’s Yuka Royer reports.

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